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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.

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

'Blind man', 1938
Charcoal drawing, 26 x 18 cm
Signed: lower right 'jm graadt van roggen 1938'
lower left: 'Tripoli (Libya)'
Job Graadt van Roggen (1867-1959)

John Matthew ("Job") Graadt van Roggen is an exceptional artist. On his 3rd he becomes deaf. Admittedly, he goes to the Deaf-mute Institute in Groningen, but he is never able to speak well. Thanks to his above average power of observation and his special talent, coupled with hard work and stubbornly persist, his success grows.
His drawing talent stands out at an early age and when he is 12, he is allowed to go to evening classes painting and lithography at the Academy Minerva; by day he gains experience in a lithographic company. Later, he follows a year-long full-time education. At the end of 1884 the 'Nieuws van de Dag' (newspaper) reports that the young artist is granted with a silver medal for painting and two bronze medals for drawing to 'nude and clothed model'. When he goes to the National Academy in Amsterdam, he comes under the care of Director August Allebé and specializes himself in the further etching technique with the German professor Rudolf Stang.

At the age of 24 - he already won the Willink Collen Award, an encouragement to young artists - he moves into his first atelier in Santpoort. He focuses on the etching of landscapes and cityscapes. Because of his great technical craftmanship he became famous with etching of reproductions of the Hague School painters Jozef Israels, Jacob Maris and Hendrik Willem Mesdag and George H. Breitner of Amsterdam. However, he has increasingly reluctant to delve into other people's work and moves on to his own (etching) work.
After his marriage to Agatha van de Pol in 1900 he moves to the artists' village of Bergen (NH). Two years later Graadt van Roggen gets his first solo exhibition in the gallery of art trade Frans Buffa & Sons. It is his wife, who takes care of the communication with the art dealers.

Together they travel a lot, despite Jobs disability, both within the Netherlands, as well as far beyond the border: to France, Scandinavia (where he also exhibits), Germany, Italy, Spain and the former Yugoslavia. In January 1938 he stays for a month in Libya. Here the deaf artist outlines this blind man into charcoal.
You can imagine the scene. . .