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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.

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

'Pub visitors', 1988
Oil on canvas on panel, 30 x 40 cm,
Signed: lower right 'platero 88'
Mario Platero (1942-2002)

Countless artists have painted the interior or, as the Flemings say, the inner face of a cafe. It is the perfect place for exchanging world events, personal worries and football successes and -debâcles after work or simply on an empty evening with friends or total strangers. A second living room that does forget loneliness and nasty events for awhile. Also one of the few places where social status is unimportant: all ages, professions and walks of life meet brotherly and sisterly on tap. This social place is obviously a great source of inspiration for painters.

One of them is Mario Platero, born in Montevideo (Uruguay) in 1942 and sixty years later deceased in French St. Maur. He has painted plenty of cafés and bistros where frequently the tango was danced. Also outside the pubs, on the quays in the harbors, on the city squares or terraces you see on his canvases men with mustache and hat in shabby pinstripe suits dancing the street tango with passion, the women on high heels and in tight dresses with long slits.

On one of his paintings (oil on panel, 27 by 35 cm) you see a man and woman senseless staring ahead in an obscure pub atmosphere; it bears the telling title 'Le spleen du Tango' ('the spleen of the tango'). This work is exhibited in 1999 as part of an exhibition, organized by Unesco, of works by Latin American and Caribbean artists. By seeing, the melancholy music of Astor Piazzolla spontaneously goes through our heads. No, though he has often moved, Platero does not deny his South American origins.

According to the Belgian artists encyclopedia Piron the painter has lived some time in Brussels, where he inter alia has exhibited in 1980 and 1982 with 'Les Arts en Europe'. His oeuvre includes, in addition to cafe interiors, especially still lifes, (self-)portraits and cityscapes of Brussels. This in dark colours painted oil painting from 1988, evokes the atmosphere of a group casual present loners. Dusk falls, the mood is still hesitant and the bar-goers, often seen on their back, let us guess at their thoughts.