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

'Martini tower with Grote Markt in Groningen',
Oil on canvas, 30 x 25 cm,
Signed: lower left 'p.j.a.wagemans'
Pieter Johannes Alexander Wagemans (1879-1955)

The Martini tower in Groningen is photographed, drawn and painted countless times. When the striking symbol of what once was the third trading town in the Netherlands looms up from far, it means coming home for everyone who have stayed longer or shorter in Groningen. D'ole Grieze watches as a wise patriarch over their city.

For us, the Martini tower and the adjoining Martini Church have a special meaning. Our parents from the Kapma side did in the Martini Church their confirmation and married there. An engraving of the Martini tower hung their whole live on the living room wall and now in our home. Yet we can't resist to bid, when we see this oil painting at an auction. And: we got it! Because of a carefully selected frame the tones look brighter, making the sunny character comes out beautifully. The painting is a historical document, although the artist permitted himself certain freedoms. That makes it so nice, because it intrigues. At the depicted buildings and the clothing of the people we deduce that the artwork is created in the early twentieth century.

The creator of this painting, Pieter Johannes Alexander Wagemans, lived and worked all his life in The Hague; there he was born and deceased. The RKD calls him a decorator, a painter, a monumental artist and a creator of mosaic. At a certain moment he decided to earn his living only as an art painter. According to the Scheen, he painted 'a lot of cityscapes', including historic spots in The Hague, Leiden, Delft, Dordrecht, Rotterdam and Amsterdam. His work has, according to the same artists encyclopedia, usually such a high quality that several of his paintings have been falsified by changing his signature into J.C.K. Klinkenberg (1852-1924), also a Hague painter, but with a greater stature whose work, therefore, is significantly more expensive.

Wagemans is known as a clear 'colorist in traditional realist style'. His work is still very popular, probably because it evokes nostalgic feelings in many people.