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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

'The temptation of Antony'
Oil on canvas, 60 x 90 cm
Signed: lower right 'h.v.d.velde'
Henri van de Velde (1896-1969)

'The temptation of Antony' has intrigued and inspired numerous painters. How is it possible that someone did not succumb to so many seductions and, by dedicating ascetic living, devotes himself to the biblical doctrine. In the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries this theme is painted by dozens of artists, including Lucas van Leyden, Jeroen Bosch and Pieter Brueghel and for example, in the 19th century by Paul Cézanne and Félicien Rops. More recently are the magisterial works of Salvador Dali (1946), Leonora Carrington (1947) and Sidney Nolan (1952), which all hang in well-known museums.

The here depicted painting by Henri van de Velde is full of symbolism, which surprises us again and again. The Amsterdam-born Hendrik (Henri) van de Velde (not to be confused with Henry Clemens van de Velde, the Belgian architect/artist) is mentioned in the art lexicon of Pieter A. Scheen as an particularly gifted artist. He may be somewhat forgotten today, around 1940 he is considered as one of the most important Dutch painters. Thus, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and the Singer museum in Laren possess work of him.

At a young age Henri van de Velde is taught by H.M. Krabbé and later he's becoming proficient in Paris and Florence in the traditional techniques of the great classic, French and Italian artists. He also immersed himself in old alchemical recipes to make his own paint. For years he has been a member of several Amsterdam and Gooi art societies. The not impecunious Van de Velde is also called a naive idealist, who abhorred any modern flow in painting. You could even say that he demonstrates a by Antony inspired fortitude, which is little understood.

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Essay about the controversial painting 'THE NEW MAN'
Rijksmuseum frees 'The new man' of Nazi label