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.

145. Paula Thies
146. Elli Slegten
147. Bep van Beek
148. Jan Homan
149. Annica Koot
150. Paul Hugo ten Hoopen
151. Gert Hendriksen
152. Dick Haakman
153. Jan van Kempen
154. Jetty Homan
155. W. Hüliam
156. Max Rädecker

'Imaginary flowers', 1962,
Oil on panel, 100 x 80 cm,
Signed: lower left 'm delmotte 1962'
Marcel Delmotte (1901-1984)

The maker is born in Charleroi in 1901. In the Dictionnaires of Bénézit (1976) and Piron (2003) this Belgian artist is extensively described and ranked among Walloon surrealists. In 1930 he has his first exhibition in La Louvière. He then exhibits many times in Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Japan and the United States. On the occasion of the exhibition in Paris in 1969, a French critic calls him 'one of the most important Belgian painters of the moment'.

Marcel Delmotte, whose work breathes an atmosphere of dream, fantasy and mystery, has been awarded many times. He receives the first Richard Dupierreux prize for painting, the silver medal Belgian painting, the gold medal of the Council of Europe for art and aesthetics, the gold medal of the Salon des Arts de Bruxelles and twice the first prize Chapman. His work is included in the collections of the Belgian government, the Pinacothèques of Munich and Ostend and the museums of Charleroi and Ghent.

This son of a glazier is a student in the workshop of painter, ceramicist, sculptor and poet Léon Van Den Houten during the First World War at the Université du Travail in Charleroi. Further Marcel Delmotte largely develops himself. He is inspired by the Bible and the mythology and paints fantastic, surreal landscapes full of symbolism. Later he often places female figures in it. To delve into Delmotte's mysterious universe, his unreal labyrinth, is as much as accepting his invitation: "What counts is that one discovers oneself, with my work as the starting point."

He is fascinated by the apocalypse, moon and volcano landscapes and mythological pictures, which he, with a link to the great masters of the Renaissance, translates into visionary paintings. His work is highly appreciated in Belgium. In 1971 and 1976 there are retrospective exhibitions at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Charleroi and at Galerie Isy Brachot. He dies in 1984 in Mont-sur-Marchienne, which belongs to the municipality of Charleroi since 1977. Mighty interesting, the man, his ideals and his artworks!