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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

'Cherry blossoms in ceramic vase', ca 1890
Pastel, 41 x 28 cm
Signed: lower left 'j akkeringa'
Johannes E.H. Akkeringa (1861-1942)

Love at first sight! What a rare beauty! Simple, fresh blossom branches cut from his own garden in a simple ceramic vase against a deep blue background, lovingly displayed in pastels. There is so much depth in it that artist and academy docent Flip Gaasendam admiringly observes: "The bees can fly around the flowers."

The paintings that we know of Johannes Evert Hendrik Akkeringa, are all oil on canvas/panel or watercolour on paper; we never saw pastels before. Because this work unfortunately is glued on acidic cardboard we go to paper restorer Barbara Cremers, who carefully and with great patience and skill removes the board behind and provides the edges with Japanese paper. Then she fastens the pastel using the edges on acid-free paper. Next we go with it to framer Drs Gonny Tappel.

She maintains the original wooden frame, but provides the work with Mirogard museum glass and a passe-partout of Crescent Museum Solids cardboard made of rags. The backside she provides with marbled, acid free cardboard and finally she places small rubber cushions on the bottom side for the so much needed air circulation. After months, the flower still life gets a nice spot in our house and we can unworried enjoy it: the work is perfectly preserved for future generations.

Johannes Akkeringa was born in Buitenzorg (the former Dutch East Indies), but lives during and after his studies at the Rotterdam and The Hague Academies of Fine Arts a long time in The Hague. Saskia de Bodt and Maartje de Haan write in 'Flower still lifes from the Netherlands and Belgium 1870-1940' (published in 1998), that the numerous flower paintings of Akkeringa are among his best works. Yet he is best known for his carefree scenes of children playing on the beach or in the dunes and especially tea-drinking groups in shady gardens. His work, which you can mention impressionistic, is always nice to look at.