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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

'Bar scene', ca. 1925
Oil on canvas, 40 x 60 cm
Signed: lower left 'h.fiedler'
Herbert Fiedler (1891-1962)

Although he laid down a variety of themes on canvas, people are the center in the work of Otto Herbert ("Herbert") Fiedler. He painted for example several pub scenes with communicating visitors often also a 'loner', who does not always have to be sad. As a sensitive, modest and somewhat shy person, the artist knows that feeling very well.
Born in Leipzig (Germany) Herbert Fiedler, who in 1957 got the Dutch nationality, is an artist with a distinctive style and an own colour sense, caused by contact with different (art) currents and extremely difficult (war) situations. In Dresden and Berlin, he became fascinated by the German Expressionism and in Paris by Fauvism, Cubism and French impressionism. He remains faithfull to the figurative style, even if that is found 'old fashioned' at some points.

On the advice of Max Liebermann he studies at the Academy of Art in Dresden, where he becomes friends with Georg Grosz; that friendship lasts throughout their lives. Fiedler then goes to Berlin, where he meets Max Beckmann. He exhibits in Berlin and Paris and travels through Italy and France. In 1934 he emigrates (because of the political situation in Germany) with his partner, the artist Amrey Balsiger, to the Netherlands. Until 1940 he lives in Laren (NH), then in Amsterdam. Here he writes: "The worst part of this whole painters existence is the loneliness, that eternal seclusion. You work, you scrape to your best knowledge and belief - and an echo? Recognition? Zero point nothing." It is tragic indeed, that he gets recognition only late in his life and that he dies suddenly, a few months for the honorable retrospective at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. His work can be found in private collections and museums in the Netherlands, France, Germany, Belgium and the USA.

When has Fiedler painted this work? The monograph of 2001 shows an image of a pub scene from 1916, but that style is more naturalistic. Judging by the dress and the hat this canvas is painted between 1922 and 1925, also because he has painted similar work in 1922 in Berlin.

Also view: www.herbert-fiedler.de