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.

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

'Sewing machine', ca. 1952
Gouache, 34 x 45 cm
Signed: lower left 'berserik'
Hermanus Berserik (1921-2002)

Who for heaven's sake paints a sewing machine? Hermanus Berserik did that. He immortalizes these wonders of technique several times in oil, as etching/aquatint and as lithograph. Why? In his monograph from 2009 we read this quote: 'The funny thing is that I have totally forgotten which paintings exactly hung on those exhibitions (of the artists group Verve, active between 1951 and 1957), nor mine, except one thing: a small painting of a sewing machine made by Rinus van der Neut. That has left an indelible impression on me. All my sewing machinery are created afterwards. Give credit where credit is due.'

The book 'Dutch realists after 1950' (from 2001) calls him as painter 'a great storyteller'. A narrator who manipulates reality. After all, 'Berserik brings in his composition alienation by turning objects into an unusual context (…). Moreover, by reducing the forms on the canvas to the most essential and by freezing these shapes till a kind of stillness arises, he creates a unique atmosphere'. That special atmosphere we do feel in this gouache, which only shows part of a hand sewing machine of the Kayser brand. The rest you may fantasize and maybe therefore the painting is more intriguing. Moreover, the indefinable colours give the work a kind of mystery.

Hermanus Berserik was born and raised in The Hague and gets his education at the Royal Academy. Like for instance Co Westerik and Kees Andrea, he is considered one of the Hague realists. He is a prolific and versatile artist and left more than 1500 paintings and drawings, etchings, lithographs and woodcuts behind as 'free work'. In addition, he made posters, artwork, advertising materials (for example for Philips, PTT, KLM), more than 300 book covers (Ooievaar- and Salamanderpockets), an animated movie about the Delta Works, sets and costumes for eight different theaterproductions and also murals and mosaics. His work is among others included in the Haags Gemeentemuseum, the Centraal Museum in Utrecht, the Henriette Polak Museum in Zutphen and the Dutch Postal Museum.