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.

145. Paula Thies
146. Elli Slegten
147. Bep van Beek
148. Jan Homan
149. Annica Koot
150. Paul Hugo ten Hoopen
151. Gert Hendriksen
152. Dick Haakman
153. Jan van Kempen
154. Jetty Homan
155. W. Hüliam
156. Max Rädecker

'Eruption of flowers in vase', 1998
Oil on canvas, 39 x 48 cm
Signed: lower left 'pt' and dorso 'paula thies '98'
Jan Homan (1919-1991)

The breakthrough for Jan Homan comes in 1953. After a successful exhibition of his work at the Prinsenhof in Delft he receives the Cultural Prize of the municipality of Arnhem, followed by an exhibition in the Municipal Museum in that city. The Ministry of Education, Arts and Sciences then asks him to design three ballet decors and sixteen costumes for the fairy tale 'Baba Yaga', performed in theater Carré by the Scapino ballet. After that he gets an assignment by the Royal Dutch Shipping Society (KNSM) to make a large painting of the Amsterdam harbor, followed by various assignments for monumental works. When he also receives a travel grant for Greece, his name seems to be established. For four years he is exhibiting throughout the Netherlands, through the Start group, including Ger Lataster, Pierre van Soest, Jan Sierhuis and Aart Roos, aimed to give young artists a chance. "A great time. I came everywhere and that was very nice. We bought our first car, an 'Eend'. We started to travel quite a lot with our two children, to France and so", he tells in an interview.

During a holiday in Denmark Homan comes in contact with a gallery holder in Silkeborg near Copenhagen. There he participates in group exhibitions with Karel Appel, Corneille, Asger Jorn and other COBRA artists and his works are well sold. That period takes a year or eight. In the winter he always goes to Ibiza and there he also exhibits successfully, but when Ibiza becomes a popular holiday destination he won’t go there anymore. Anyway, he exhibited more abroad than in the Netherlands.

Jan Homan is born in Hoorn. In the thirties he meets the artists Adolf de Haar, an expressionist painter from Berlin, and the Viennese Carl Fahringer, retired lecturer of the Vienna Academy, who teaches him the principles of painting. Only a short time he goes to the Academy in Amsterdam and develops himself then independently as a painter. After the war he comes in contact with Picasso's work, who he finds 'the absolute genius of the 20th century'.

In 1948 he lives a while in the house of the artist Stien Eelsingh in Staphorst, together with his wife Jetty (see number 148); in 1950 the Homans move to Laag Keppel, in 1962 to Doesburg and from 1987 they live in Arnhem. The artist is especially known for his abstract expressionist still lifes and landscapes.