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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

'Vegetable and fruit still life',
Oil on panel, 24 x 33 cm,
Not signed
Nico van Rijn (1887-1962)

Outright tragic is the life of the Gooi artist Nicholas Petrus Quirinus ('Nico') van Rijn. Art trader G. J. Scherpel in The Hague writes on the occasion of an exhibition in 1981: 'Van Rijn is best known for his eccentric behavior. Already in his early years he was an almost obsessed painter who was so attached to his art works that he would sell it rarely or never. As a result, he lived in abject poverty, a life that was lovingly shared by Gerda Knipscheer, together with whom he lived'. In the book ‘Painters of Laren' (2003), we read: 'Dressed in a long cowl with a large hat on his head, he wandered through the Gooi surroundings. Troubled by a religious mind and constant guilt, he kept himself far from the partying Hamdorff artists. Hart Nibbrig and Kees van Urk seem to have been his only friends. (...) The Blaricum resident Sal Slijper was concerned about him. He supported Van Rijn financially and bought his paintings, as he also did with Mondriaan'.

Pierre Stakenburg Fine Arts also mentions sad circumstances: 'When the situation of Van Rijn worsened as he became religion insane in the mid-thirties, his brother Willem intervened. He found shelter for the painter in a monastery at Zundert. From there Van Rijn went to a madhouse. Due to lack of oil paint Van Rijn made only drawings. Some of these works on paper were exhibited for the first time in 1974 in the Singer Museum in Laren.’ After about eleven years staying in a psychiatric institution his girlfriend Gerda Knipscheer, the painter Kees van Urk and art collector Sal Slijper succeed after great difficulty to 'liberate' Van Rijn in 1947. Slijper offers him a studio in Blaricum.

Nico van Rijn is born in Hilversum and is educated at the Hague Academy (1911-1912). He settles down soon in Laren and meets with luminists and post-expressionists such as Ferdinand Hart Nibbrig, William Singer and Co Breman. Van Rijn paints portraits, interiors, landscapes and still lifes in oil and makes drawings and woodcuts. Rarely he signs his work. The Municipal Museum in The Hague and the Singer Museum in Laren have work of him. This colourful oil painting in an expressionistic style comes from art dealer G. J. Scherpel.