Kunstaankopen, kunstbehoud, monografieën, exposities
Frans & Kapma Foundation
Broodschilderessen en penseelprinsessen
(Female painters who must earn their bread and butter and those who do not have to earn their living)

Under this title art historian drs. Hanna Klarenbeek studies with a lot of passion the Dutch female artists of the 19th century. Could these women pursuit a 'professional career' in art or was it just a hobby and part of a good education?

Through extensive historical research Museum Mesdag in The Hague, the 'Rijksbureau voor Kunsthistorische Documentatie' (RKD) and The Loo Palace in Apeldoorn intend to bring the female artists, who were active between 1800 and 1913, to the attention of a large audience.

Mrs Klarenbeek, employed by the RKD, researched many archives and discovered, for example, that female artists got more and more freedom to develop their talents. From 1850 women were admitted to art schools en art associations, female artists exhibit their work more often and their work was seriously reviewed by art critics.

At this moment Hanna Klarenbeek has collected documents, articles and letters from almost 1100 female artists of the 19th century. She hopes to obtain her PhD for her research at the State University of Utrecht. Then Museum Mesdag and The Loo Palace organize a simultaneous exhibition in the spring of 2012 with Hanna Klarenbeek as guest curator.

Most recently she visited us in order to view works of Anna Kerling, Suze Robertson and Lucie Wittig-Keijser, part of the FRANS & KAPMA COLLECTION, and made some pictures. She would like to include our watercolour by Anna Kerling in the exhibition. With great interest we look forward to her thesis and the exhibitions.