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

'Paris in the year 1909', 1909
Oil on canvas, 80 x 60 cm
Signed: 'jacob london 1909'
Jacob London (1872-1953)

What a romantic and nostalgic picture of this lively Parisian square in the beginning of the last century! Still without exhaust gases and the contemporary hectic, but with in the distance the familiar Sacré Coeur, which grotesquely towers above all. You can easily dream away, thinking of all those famous, but at that time still (almost) unknown artists like Matisse, Zadkine, Picasso, Léger, Van Dongen and many others.

Jacob London has displayed this part of Paris in 1909 beautifully and generously sized in oil painting. He is listed in the artists encyclopedia of Pieter A. Scheen, but is best known as an architect. London studied in his hometown Haarlem and in Leiden, Amsterdam and Vienna and travelled for study purposes to North and South America, North Africa, Asia and throughout Europe.

In the early 20th century the architect-artist designs many villas and mansions, especially in and around Haarlem. In 1912 he asks for a permit to build a villa in Hilversum, where he goes to live. In this environment then show up several distinguished houses, designed by him. In 1921 he moves to the country house 'Middlesex' on the Soestdijkerstraatweg in Hilversum, where he also establish his architectural firm en where he has his art studio. London lives here until his death. The complex still exists and is now fully restored and completely brought back in the atmosphere of the past.
Although he had his own artist's studio and painted not without merit, his fame as an architect completely surpassed that of an artist. However, we are very happy with this delightful painting of an extraordinary man.