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.

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

'Village near the Pyrenees', 1983,
Watercolour on paper, 33 x 53 cm,
Signed: lower right 'p. van oostveen 83'

'Medieval town on hill in the South of France', 1982,
Watercolour on paper, 33 x 53 cm,
Signed: lower right 'p. van oostveen 82'
Pieter van Oostveen (1938-2006)

Hundreds of students have learned from Pieter Johannes ('Pieter') van Oostveen the tricks of art painting. He teaches them the techniques needed for working with watercolour, oil paint, pastel and chalk. Meanwhile, he also passes on his passion for art and teaches them to look in a different way at artworks. According to him, one does not need to have talent: "If you can write, you can also learn to draw by looking closely." His students adore him; many believe that he brought the art to the land of Maas and Waal.

Already at a young age Pieter follows in the footsteps of his father, Aart van Oostveen (1911-1978), who was a sculptor, a watercolourist, a pencil artist and a teacher at the Artibus Academy in Utrecht. Junior follows the evening lessons at the High School of Fine Arts and the Free A.B.K. Artibus in Utrecht. He gets lessons from Henk Bellaard (landscape painting), O. Kerssen (painting techniques), H. Post (decorative drawing) and Rien Goené (portrait painting). Although he captures all kinds of subjects in an impressionist-realistic style, one will see a clear preference for landscapes, city and village views.

Pieter's wife Henny van Oostveen tells in an interview with De Gelderlander, one year after the artist's death, that her husband 'discovered' Beneden-Leeuwen through colleagues in Tiel in 1971. They buy a house there and open their gallery 'De Bonder' in the early 80s. In addition to their own works, they also exhibit paintings of other artists from all over the country. The tranquility, the view, the sky, the river and the old farms around them give Pieter an inexhaustible inspiration. Walking across the dike and through the floodplains one recognizes many beloved places, which are immortalized by him. In 2006 a brain tumor is diagnosed and Pieter dies shortly later in the age of 68.

These two watercolours we buy in 1983 directly from the artist. They are made far from the flat Dutch river country. In both works he has caught the southern light and the sluggish summer atmosphere, reminding us of holidays between the lavender fields and the vineyards.