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Frans & Kapma Foundation


There is so much marvellous art in this world. Art that wanders through
thoughts and the stories behind the thoughts. Here is a first impression
of art that fascinates us.

Discover the artists represented in the FRANS & KAPMA COLLECTION.

01. Thijs Buit
02. Machiel Hopman
03. Geert Meijer
04. Helen Sieger
05. Hans van Herwijnen
06. Gradus Verhaaf
07. Ida Roekevisch
08. Johannes Meintjes
09. Jan Rozeboom
10. Jacques Krebbekx
11. Alfons Vermeir
12. Willem Paerels

'Separate Heaven', 1984
Gouache, 39 x 28 cm
Signed: lower right 'VRHF'
Gradus Verhaaf (1932-2017)

The artist Gradus Verhaaf lives and works in the area of the Veluwe. In front of his house is a steep ascent to the 'Posbank'. This tranquil place that overlooks nature is an ideal source of inspiration, where an artist can reach down to the depths of his soul in order to shape his emotions. Gradus was born in Amsterdam, which one can deduce from his slight accent. When his wife Corrie gets appointed as a dance teacher at the Arnhem Drama school they moved to De Steeg. Initially he painted figuratively, but slowly began painting more abstracts.

Gradus' work can roughly be divided into 4 categories:
  • Watercolours of Southern French landscapes
  • Gouaches that emphasize people
  • Imaginative pen drawings, and
  • Abstract oil paintings which also utilise garbage. Such as crumpled paper, slivers of fabric and clumps of twigs.
A reviewer once wrote about Gradus that "he prefers to portray subjects that he views with disdain, the result of which is truly beautiful".

We are deeply moved by the Gouaches, which in some deceptively simple brush strokes so accurately portray a great variety of emotions. Most impressive are the paintings concerning psychiatric patients. Gradus made these works with inspiration from patients of a psychiatric hospital he once worked at as Creative therapist. Gradus Verhaaf was touched by the inner universes of his patients. The depicted Gouache shows this belief that psychiatric patients are not necessarily unhappy. Perhaps they are even privy to a paradise that we fail to comprehend.

After the sudden death of his wife Corrie it became even more tranquil in the Verhaaf studio. We however hope that we can visit Gradus often to talk about his work and outlook on life.