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.

109. Helen Martina
110. Chris Soer
111. Ada Stel
112. F.A. Mooy
113. Nico van Rijn
114. Jack Jefferys
115. Laetitia de Haas
116. Willem van den Berg
117. Aris Knikker
118. Herman Bieling
119. János Bittenbinder
120. Cornelis Vreedenburgh

'Party on the beach',
Oil on panel, 22 x 26,5 cm,
Signed: lower left 'louis soonius'

'Horseback to the beach',
Oil on panel, 22 x 26,5 cm,
Signed: lower left 'louis soonius'

Louis Soonius (1883-1956)

These two idyllic paintings, made by Lodewijk (Louis) Soonius, we buy in 1984 at the auction of H. F. Kamerbeek. The scene with the horsemen is earlier, in 1876, painted by Anton Mauve (1838-1888). His work, which measures 45 by 70 cm, is included in the collection of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. It is also pictured on the cover of the monograph of Anton Mauve from 2009. The other painting, with a party dressed in 19th century clothing on the beach, is a study of a scene of the French painter Eugène Boudin (1824-1898).

Both art works of Soonius are undoubtedly used as an exercise: making copies of famous paintings was for centuries an important way to develop painting skills. Obviously, the artist had to put his own signature on the painting. For us, this is a gem of a pendant that Soonius made at the beginning of the 20th century. It shows that at that time he was already fascinated by the beach life.

Scheveningen beach, with or without a view on the Kurhaus and the pier, Soonius has immortalized many times on canvas. Those Impressionistic paintings captivate many because of their sunny colours and loose, 'easy' brushstrokes. Very popular in the world of art-dealing are paintings with in the sand playing children and those with children and donkeys along the tide line. The artist also paints regularly him known families on the beach of Kijkduin, probably as an order.

These beaches were close to his home, because the artist is born in The Hague, is educated at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts and has lived there most of his life. He paints and draws in addition to beach scenes and sea views also cityscapes with people and animals, interiors, nudes, pastures and winter landscapes. Louis Soonius was a member of the Hague Art Circle and Arie Zwart (1903-1981) was, among others, one of his pupils.