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.

109. Helen Martina
110. Chris Soer
111. Ada Stel
112. F.A. Mooy
113. Nico van Rijn
114. Jack Jefferys
115. Laetitia de Haas
116. Willem van den Berg
117. Aris Knikker
118. Herman Bieling
119. János Bittenbinder
120. Cornelis Vreedenburgh

'Wild flowers', ca. 1983,
Coloured pencil drawing, 29 x 26 cm,
Signed: lower right 'h.cornelder'
Henk Cornelder (1896-1990)

Today, interest in the noble drawing art is low, which also influences the appreciation. Despite initiatives like the Drawing Center in Diepenheim, where everything is all about drawings made with pencil, charcoal, chalk or ink. Unfortunately, because many artists have made impressive drawings, such as Jan van Herwijnen's drawings of lunatics and the 'psalms' of Kees Stoop. Exceptions, because those are precious and rare, are of course the drawings of world-famous masters such as Rembrandt van Rijn, Leonardo da Vinci, Pablo Picasso and Maurits Cornelis Escher, but drawings of small masters are certainly undervalued.

Hendrik Willem ('Henk') Cornelder is an artist who draws with much feeling, almost love, elements of nature with his pencil tenderly and precisely on paper. He gets lessons from his mother Thomasine Adrienne Cornelder-Doffegnies (1865-1937), artist of watercolour paintings and flower drawings. She is educated at the Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague and was a member of the artist organization Arti et Amicitiae in Amsterdam. In addition to his mother, the following persons contributed to his professional education: Henri Leeuw (Paul Bodifée's father in law), Eugène Lücker, Henri Luijten, Max Dörner and Johan Thorn Pricker, teacher In Munich at the Kunstgewerbeschule. Cornelder also receives advice from Jan Toorop and Dick Ket.

The artist lives in Berg and Dal, Nijmegen, Woerden, The Hague, Neerbosch and Plasmolen. Cornelder also makes study trips to southern Germany (1922), Austria (1923-1924) and Düsseldorf (1935). He is for a relatively long time member of the 'Plasmolengroep', an active artists organization, that has exhibited frequently in Nijmegen and the surrounding area. The last twenty years of his life he lives in Nijmegen.

The accent of his work lies on pencil drawings of plants and flowers. In the Jacques van Maurik Lexicon Foundation (1946) Leo Niehorster says about him: "Above all Cornelder is a drawer, his strength is his great devotion and the almost pious attention with which he is listening to his object (...). Even without the use of colours he managed to give his drawings an unprecedented amount of shades.'

The watercolour 'Wildflowers' is purchased at the exhibition in the Mook Town Hall (2001). We admire the dedication with which the intense beauty of the flowers has been reproduced. For this, you should have listened to the flowers telescopically.