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.

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

'Studio', 1956
Water colour, 50 x 60 cm,
Signed: below right 'de kat 56'
Otto B. de Kat (1907-1995)

"De Kat is an 'intimist' in his whole personality, aimed at the small, intimate world around him, from the landscapes close to home till the interiors, the familiar things of his still lifes." Those words are written by Hans Redeker in the monograph from 1984. The artist himself also thinks that 'making a watercolour has a strong connection with intimacy, with displaying little everyday things' so can be read in the book 'Jeanne Bieruma Oosting, an overview' (1988). That De Kat is very attracted to the watercolour technique, and is also highly competent, is evident from the fact that he, together with Kees Verwey, has founded the Dutch Watercolourists Circle and received in 1956 the watercolour prize of the Prince Bernhard Fund. This watercolour - an intimate and intriguing atelier scene - testifies to that.

Otto Boudewijn de Kat is born in Dordrecht. His father, Otto Boudewijn de Kat van Bleiswijk (1875-1922), is a banker and his mother, Jacoba Maria Henriëtte Johanna van Leeuwen Boomkamp (1876-1967), descends from a wealthy merchant family. Father Otto built a town house on the Wolweverhaven 22 (now a national monument) in 1906 and a large bank building on the Wijnstraat 239 in Dordrecht. When his company goes bankrupt in 1908, the family moves to Haarlem. There Otto junior studies at the school of architecture. Later he attends evening classes at the academies in Amsterdam and Brussels, and moves in 1928 to Paris. Back in Haarlem, he is a member of the artists association 'The independents', takes lessons with Henri Boot and marries the poet Johanna Maria Janetta (Hans) van Zijl. They live in Overveen, but often stay in Rome, Brussels, Paris, the South of France or Denmark. After thirty years of marriage Otto leaves his wife in 1961 and the following year he marries the Danish Dora Dahl-Madsen in London. He buys a farm in France but works in between regularly in Amsterdam. After a cerebral hemorrhage in 1987, his health declines and the couple moves to Twisk (NH).

The painter, watercolourist, graphic artist and sculptor has been for many years secretary (with Godfried Bomans as chairman) of the Society Teisterbant, secretary of the Dutch Watercolourists Circle and chairman of Arti et Amicitiae. He writes art critiques, works as a professor at the National Academy and is co-founder of the Henriette Polak Museum in Zutphen. The Otto B. de Kat Foundation continues to cherish his oeuvre.