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

'Eruption of flowers in vase', 1998
Oil on canvas, 39 x 48 cm
Signed: lower left 'pt' and dorso 'paula thies '98'
Paula Thies (1920-2000)

For the artistic education of Paula Thies the summer courses of Oskar Kokoschka in Salzburg in the years 1957 and 1958 were of great importance. More important than her study at the Academy in Amsterdam, she thinks. "Kokoschka gave a complete theater performance. He even stamped his feet with rage when his students made a mess of their tasks, but his spirit was very infectious. In me he ignited the fire", Thies remembers. Kokoschka's lessons are focused on really good watching, what according to him, is much more interesting than academic knowledge, as lessons in, for example, anatomy or perspective.

Paula Thies is one of his better students and works primarily from an inner drift, her way of self-expression. In the 2004 monograph it says: 'She felt at home with the fast and uncomplicated, instinctive painting and she completely relinquished the sensual perception of shapes, colours, light and motion.'

In an explanation on an exhibition (in 1990) it is said: ‘On her canvasses, set up in flamboyant colours and a wide way of painting, seems the picture being just a reason to to paint. With the vitality of a 'Young Wild' she deepens her paintings with expressionistic lines, spots and colour fields.' Thies paints every day. "If I do not have that (...) I get moody and I'll go berserk."

Paula Thies is born in Amsterdam and visits the Academy of Fine Arts. In 1949 she marries the painter/drawer Jaap Nieuwenhuis, moves to Broek in Waterland in 1952 and in 1972 to Welsum, a small village near the IJssel river. She paints, aquarels and draws people, animals, landscapes and flowers. From 1958 she regularly has solo and group exhibitions in museums and galleries in the Netherlands, but also in France, the USA and Italy. She makes study trips to Italy (Venice, Florence and Rome), Austria, Switzerland, England and Spain and receives various awards, including the Oskar Kokoschka Prize (1958) and the Wedgwood Prize (1966). Several museums have work of her, including the Stedelijk in Amsterdam. In 2000 she dies suddenly at the age of 79.

In 2009 we visit an exhibition in her house in Welsum with an impressive garden around. We buy some paintings from gallery owner Renate Verhoeven in Pannerden, including this work. Thies transforms the flowers into something unimaginable and depicts the inner forces of nature so that it constantly demands our attention.