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.

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. Frederik van Oostveen
82. Willy Fleur
83. Anton Heyboer
84. Bart de Graaf

'Harbour scene at dusk', 1932,
Oil on canvas, 50 x 60 cm,
Signed: lower right 'jos mous 32'
Joseph Mous (1896-1968)

Two genres are striking, in our opinion, in the work of the Belgian artist Joseph Mous. In the first place these are the oil paintings with struggling farmers on the wide farmlands. They harrow or plow the fat Flemish clay using a couple strong draft horses. Mous often leaves the realistic, rather gloomy earth colours and paints the horses for example in bright orange and yellow and the ground in hot red. He also dresses the peasant with a colourful smock, while his sky often gets a threatening deep blue, as if a thunderstorm is coming. Such scenes are fixed by the artist in modestly sizes, but also in museum dimensions. We once saw a work of 115 by 165 centimeters, impressive of composition and atmosphere, but unfortunately we suffer from a lack of free wall space. . .

The artist is also fascinated by the activities in the port of Antwerp with its longshoremen, stevedores, numerous horse-drawn carts and caracole vendors ('vendeurs / vendeuses d'escargots'). Moreover he makes, as evening falls, wonderful atmospheric paintings with blazing fires, trolleys and cranes, as pictured in this 'Harbour scene at dusk' from 1932. Extra charm gets the painting by the original wide, gold-coloured frame, which exudes the old days and underlines the special, well reproduced atmosphere of the art work.

According to the Piron artists encyclopedia Joseph Mous is educated at the Antwerp Academy and the Higher Institute of Antwerp led by R. Baseleer. In 1922 he is awarded with the honorable Prix de Rome. Besides painter and illustrator, whose work is regularly offered at Belgian auctions, he is a successful sculptor; among other things he is commissioned to create five polychrome sculptures for the ship 'Baudouinville'. He is also actively involved in schooling: he teaches from 1949 to 1966 at the Ecole de dessin (the Drawing School) and afterwards at the Academy of Turnhout.

His work has been included inter alia on the department 'Work on the harbor' in the Museum of Antwerp.