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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.

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

'Hidden rest', 1984,
Water colour, 29 x 49 cm,
Signed: lower right 'm.a. piël' + lower left title
Marianne Blijdenstein (1943)

A deep calmness radiates this watercolour. Due to the minimalistic reproduction of a lonely farm in the haze, with only some waving reed in the foreground, you are stroked by the silence. All unnecessary things have been omitted to experience that particular atmosphere.

The artist is Marianne Andrea Blijdenstein-Piël ('Marianne'), born in Amsterdam in 1943, moved to Laren (NH) six years later and living in Blaricum from 1958. Already at a young age her drawing talent was clear, and from 1957 to 1961 she goes to the Gooi Academy and also to the Charles Montagne Institute in Amsterdam. She also gets lessons from Henk J. Slijper and Kees Schrikker.

Her youth is not easy. Because of her mother's neurological disease, she, at the age of 12, takes care of the family, which consists of four children. ‘When Marianne is 16 she goes to the Braam & Wibaut fashion academy. For three years she traveled to Amsterdam with her father and did the housekeeping in the evening. Her sister was in the meantime at the evening high school, in order to be with her mother during the day’, thus Nora Holtrust in MSzien, 2006 year, nr.2.

Marianne is a woman of few words. Her motto is: 'The beauty of seeing goes beyond words'. She paints - often commissioned – landscapes, portraits, in particular of children and pets, and draws houses and gardens, especially with watercolour, pencil and pastel chalk. She is a member of the Hamdorff Model Drawing Club and the 'Gooise Aquarelisten Circle'. Her first exhibition, in 1975 at the Rosa Spierhuis, a nursing home for elderly artists, is a huge success with the sale of 30 drawings. A year later she sells more drawings during an exhibition in the Singer Museum. A lot of exhibitions follow: from the town hall in Blaricum up to the Okura hotel in Amsterdam and from the Keukenhof in Lisse up to the Akzo headquarters in Arnhem. Until 2003 there are more than seventy. During the one at the gallery of Wim and Fried Polman in Malden (1984) we acquire this watercolour. Appreciation gets the artist alot. For example in the book 'Blaricum, Heritage of Gooiers' (2001), thirty of her watercolours are depicted.

Tragically is, that in the 1990s at Marianne have been found MS signals, (somewhat) similar to those of her mother. . .