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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

'Stroomarkt in Amsterdam in the snow'
Oil on canvas, 40 x 50 cm
Signed: lower right 'j.w.kiesewetter'
Johan Kiesewetter (1883-1951)

There are paintings that choose you and not vice versa! This is such a work. It stood on the floor in a dark corner of an auction house. We liked it at once, even though it had a weird lustreless spot and no frame. Due to circumstances we did not bid on it. The work remains unsold and a few months later it has been auctioned again. This time we do offer and successfully. So, we think this Kiesewetter was just waiting for us!

In order to bring the painting in perfect condition again and to preserve it for future generations we bring it to our restorer. She discovers that three figures on the canvas are 'painted away' by the artist. That gives some insight into the creative process, whereby Kiesewetter finally does not want to break the silence of the winter day by human activities. A thick layer of snow covered the Stroo Market and also by the beautiful, pink frosty air you can almost feel the icy cold. The nostalgic, dark colors underline the serene atmosphere. The Round Lutheran church in the background, built between 1668 and 1671 and the only Protestant church building with a circular floor plan in our country - according to Gijs Lansingh Scheurleer - dominates the picture. No wonder this typical Amsterdam spot has been immortalized by different artists.

About Johan Willem Kiesewetter we do not know so much. He is born in 1883 in Amsterdam and visits the Drawing School for Applied Arts (part of the National Academy) led by George Rueter (1875-1966). The painter is mentioned in the artists encyclopedia Scheen and also in the book 'Painters of Laren' (2003). No less than 14 of his works are in the possession of the municipality Laren (Colour Locale, 2009). Throughout his life Kiesewetter shuttles between his birth town and Laren. He dies in 1951 in Amsterdam after a life dominated by painting, drawing and etching farms, landscapes, street scenes, still lifes and portraits.