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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.

73. Joseph Mous
74. Jacques Mels
75. P.N. van de Wall Perné
76. Liesbeth Rahder
77. Willy Sluiter
78. Fred Sieger
79. Ciano Siewert
80. Harrie Lenferink
81. F.A. van Oostveen
82. Willy Fleur
83. Anton Heyboer
84. Bart de Graaf

'Winter in Paris'
Oil on canvas, 30 x 40 cm,
Signed: lower right 'jan korthals'
Jan Korthals (1916-1972)

From his house on a beautiful spot - Amstel 272 – in Amsterdam Johannes (Jan) Korthals painted in changing light the 'Skinny Bridge', the 'High Lock' and 'Carré'. He also laid down elsewhere in the capital street and market scenes, meanwhile bygone era images. Cities interested him; he frequently traveled to Paris and cities in England, Spain, Italy, Yugoslavia, Germany, Switzerland and Belgium to immortalize the typical atmosphere.

Even as a child his drawings catch attention, but his parents encourage him to apply for an administrative function. In his spare time, however, he continues to draw and (later) paint and on such a level that already at the age of 19 he becomes a member of the artists association 'St. Lucas'. A grant from the Royal Society for the Support of Juvenile Visual Artists gives him the opportunity to attend the evening classes at the School of Applied Arts. He also goes to the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and the Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, where he is taught by, among others Hendricus IJkelenstam and Jos Rovers. Much influence on his artistic development has his uncle, the artist Marie Henri Mackenzie. Influenced by Mackenzie, he becomes a great admirer of Breitner and will remain so throughout his life.

In 1942 he marries Truus Brüning who encourages him to exchange his secure job with the police for an uncertain artists existence. The first years were surely not rich. Only in the fifties, the tide turns. He is asked to make townscapes in Paris for calendars of the printing company Senefelder, Dutch Lloyd, Dutch Middenstandsbank, Hoogovens and Dagblad van het Noorden. He also publishes his own calendars between 1956 and 1965 and also emerges a successful illustrator. Korthals has widely exhibited in Europe, but also in the United States and Canada. The book 'Painters of Amsterdam' (2000) characterizes him as 'Jan Korthals, who has interpreted the legacy of Breitner with looser brushwork'.