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

'Peonies with black background',
Oil on canvas, 60 x 49,9 cm,
Signed: lower left 'ten hoopen'
Paul Hugo ten Hoopen (1927)

A simple still life? Absolutely not! This exciting oil painting we buy via auction house AAG (Glerum) in Amsterdam. Together with other artworks it has been disposed of by the Foundation Collection ABN Amro, because of 'the changing policy of the bank', says auctioneer Talita Teves. Understandable, because of the closure of numerous local offices there are simply fewer walls.

The maker is Paul Hugo ten Hoopen, born in Doetinchem. This versatile artist makes fascinating works of art, which often has a hidden, intriguing detail. A randomly placed bike, a strange mirror image, a mysterious look through an open window. Here he uses powerful bright red with deep green - colours that he combines more often - and works it up in an abstractly, expressionistic style with flat planes. You continuously look at it and suddenly the gimmick reveals: a woman is hidden in the vase of glass. Great!

The artist lives and works in Utrecht, Antwerp and since 1969 in Amsterdam. He is educated at the National Academy and attends lessons at the Schule des Sehens in Salzburg under the direction of Oskar Kokoschka. The talent of Ten Hoopen does not remain unnoticed: he has been awarded with the Kokoschka Prize (1958), the Travel Scholarship of the Ministry of Education, Arts and Sciences (1965) and the Jeanne Oosting Prize (1987). From 1969 to 1986 he is a teacher for third-year students at the Acaemy of Fine Arts in the capital and lectures among others Branko Lavaleije (see No. 39 on this website). He is or was a (board)member of Arti et Amicitiae, the Vereniging De Keerkring and the Dutch Aquarellist Circle and furthermore he has been a jury member for various art prizes.

Paul Hugo ten Hoopen also works frequently in France and Switzerland. From 1960 he exhibits all over the Netherlands and abroad (among others in the USA). His work is included in the collections of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Henriëtte Polak Museum in Zutphen and in numerous government and municipal collections.

The paintings of the well-read artist regularly show literary influences. Ten Hoopen also uses the pen himself now and then. Thus he provides texts for books about fellow artists Arie Kater and Dora Esser and for anniversary publications of art associations. In an interview he once said, "I'm crazy about short spells, even though they are drenched of godliness, admonitions, or moral lessons."

Also view: www.paulhugotenhoopen.nl