Kunstaankopen, kunstbehoud, monografieën, exposities
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.

73. Joseph Mous
74. Jacques Mels
75. P.N. van de Wall Perné
76. Liesbeth Rahder
77. Willy Sluiter
78. Fred Sieger
79. Ciano Siewert
80. Harrie Lenferink
81. F.A. van Oostveen
82. Willy Fleur
83. Anton Heyboer
84. Bart de Graaf

'Bust of a young woman', ca. 1920
Height 37 cm, marble
Signed: backside 'G.V.Vaerenbergh'
George Van Vaerenbergh (1873-1927)

For a longtime we have been looking for a marble bust, so a piece of sculpture that only shows head, chest and shoulders. Oh, many were offered, but often the glance is false saccharine, downright hoity-toity or very devout. In 2007 we find this attractive marble bust at the Art Gallery of Roelof Lenten in Epse. She looks longingly, hopeful, expectant and somewhat timid into the world, this young, beautiful, distinguished woman. Despite the cool marble, she appears very 'touchable', because when we walk along her our hand strokes naturally over her ringlets. Such a still open-minded, thoughtless, visible with love and skill chiseled little person is a true resting point among the paintings, she spans eras, exudes youthful power and therefore continues to inspire.

This 'jewel' is made in the first quarter of the last century by the sculptor George (Christian name: Gustave) Van Vaerenbergh, who still enjoys great fame because of his women busts in art nouveau and art deco style. He lived and worked in the Belgian Schaarbeek, a district of the Brussel conurbation. As the demand for his sculptures was large, many of his designs, especially those in plaster and terracotta, were produced in the workplace Carli & Frères. The same applies to his decorative vases and three-piece cupboard and chimney-sets. For the most beautiful women and girl busts out of his work, the artist uses marble, bronze and alabaster, also in exciting combinations. Here he made head and neck of white marble and the dress, which falls on the shoulders and chest, in red veined marble. Spotless white marble, often originated from Italian Carrara, is considered a sign of purity and immortality, a symbolism that appeals to us. The word marble, moreover, comes from the Greek 'marmaros', which means shining stone. It is a fairly hard, precious stone, which has many uses and on which also many sculptors have themselves indulged over the centuries.

This art form, in fact a valuable counterpart to the portrait, dates back to Egyptian times and is later, when the Greeks ruled the world, once more brought to fruition. Were busts then a long period out of fashion, from the wig time, during the reign of Sun King Louis XIV (1643-1715), there were again plenty of busts of prominent people created, such as scientists, philosophers, composers and statesmen. Today busts are carried out mainly in bronze; marble is mainly used by artists for non-figurative works or monumental statues.

Then it became fashionable - and therefore commercial - to create an idealized sculpture of the character. Our woman bust is a 'dream' of an unparalleled, pure, unreal beauty!