Kunstaankopen, kunstbehoud, monografieën, exposities
Frans & Kapma Foundation

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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


'Liesbeth', 1994,
Oil on paper, 21 x 15 cm,
Signed and dated: lower right 'staf beerten 94'
Staf Beerten (1930)

'He does not paint what he sees, but what he experiences and that impression is severely distorted and discoloured by his own vision and emotions.' That writes Leo Henkens about the Belgian artist Staf Beerten in the monograph, that is published on the occasion of his 65th birthday. 'A portrait of Beerten is a glorification, a still life, no 'vanitas' or 'nature morte', but a credo, a landscape, a paradise. But there's more, and that's his style. In fact, you cannot stick a name on it and that's not necessary either. Beerten is Beerten (...). No wonder that the people love Staf Beerten, because you rarely see such beautiful colours,' thus Henkens.

Beautiful words about Staf Beerten are also in Paul Piron's artists' encyclopedia, which mentions that he paints a lot of yellow and brown variations: 'This gives his paintings a warm tone and a melancholic vagueness'.

As a painter-decorator Staf Beerten leaves his birthplace Beverlo in 1954 to study for four years at the Academy of Fine Arts and the Higher Institute in Antwerp. Together with Ludo Laagland he makes study trips to Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey, Spain and France. He is co-founder of Beringen's art circle and participates in more than 100 exhibitions between 1957 and 1993 - sometimes eight in one year (1971) - and one hundred and fifty group exhibitions, including in Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent, Bruges, Hasselt, The Hague and Amsterdam. For a number of years Beerten has lectured at the North Limburg School of Fine Arts in Neerpelt and in Beringen and Heusden. In Neerpelt and Waregem he gets prizes and a laureate.

Our oil painting 'Liesbeth' from 1994 is shown in the monograph. The little portrait continues to intrigue: tenderness, warmth, but also distance you can feel, as well as a certain melancholy and amazement.