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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.

37. Johan Kiesewetter
38. Douwe Elias
39. Branko Lavaleije
40. Evert Musch
41. David Oyens
42. Joost Doornik
43. Ferdinand Boersma
44. Kees van Bohemen
45. Hilda Blom
46. Irène Battaille
47. Jan te Wierik
48. Harm Kamerlingh Onnes

'Still life',
Oil on canvas, 28 x 41 cm
Signed: upper right 'godderis'
Jack Godderis (1916-1971)

The from Flemish parents in England born Jack Godderis has been almost deaf throughout his entire life because of an inflammation in a bone behind his ear. It did not deter him from making long voyages. Immediately after high school he visits, alone and together with his father, who was captain on the tramp, South America, England, Mexico, the United States and the Caribbean. Later he wanders through Russia, Iran, Switzerland, France, Greece, Morocco, Canada and the United States again. All matters that affect him he lays down in small sketchbooks of which he makes oil paintings on canvas or paper later.

His artistic education he gets at the Royal Academy and the Higher Institute of Fine Arts in Antwerp. He reveals himself as a co-founder of inspired artists groups. Frequently, his work is exhibited, nationally and internationally, and numerous prizes are awarded to him, including the Prix de l'art Jeune in 1942 (with a still life), the Belgian Grand Prize for Painting in 1951 and the international prize of Gemmail, Tours, in 1966.

Also in our country his work is often to be seen. For instance the GP, art collector and maecenas Jo Nagelhout (1901-1975) organizes in 1953 an exhibition of works by Belgian painters, such as Godderis, Gailliard and Slabbinck in his hometown Holten (Overijssel). The Collection Nagelhout still contains a chalk drawing of Godderis (source: J.P. Nagelhout, 2005) and until recently two gouaches, by which the artist paid for his stay, hung in Hotel Vosman, but since the hotel has got a new owner, they're gone.

Jack Godderis is considered to be a Flemish expressionist, but he comes to a personal approach in which he indulges in colours. A colorist, whose palette achieves a maximum pictorial expressiveness, as it is mentioned in the catalog at the retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp (1986). Work of Godderis is included in the collections of several domestic and foreign museums and in that of the Belgian State and the Belgian Royal Family.

The powerful magic of this still life with his vehement 'conflicting' colours on an intense blue background continues to intrigue us!