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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.

01. Thijs Buit
02. Machiel Hopman
03. Geert Meijer
04. Helen Sieger
05. Hans van Herwijnen
06. Gradus Verhaaf
07. Ida Roekevisch
08. Johannes Meintjes
09. Jan Rozeboom
10. Jacques Krebbekx
11. Alfons Vermeir
12. Willem Paerels

'Multicoloured bouquet summerflowers'
Oil on panel, 60 x 50 cm
Signed: lower right 'paerels'
Willem Paerels (1878-1962)

Actually, we do not have so much with flower still lifes, but this one does give us some! Just look at the beauty of the particular colour splendor of this bouquet of summer flowers and the original way of painting: not strictly naturalistic, but artlessly and freely interpreted. So charming and exciting! The painting is not dated, but Willem Paerels will have it made in the early 20th century, when he comes into contact with French artists and becomes co-founder of the Brussels association of young independent artists
‘Le Labeur’. His work then gets plenty of light and color, which is why he is called a 'Brussels colorist'.

Born in Delft Willem Paerels already goes to Belgium at the age of 16, where he enrols at the Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels. With varying degrees of success, he tries to make a living, for example as a decorator-upholsterer (the know-how he learnedin the workshop of his father) and by skating lessons in winter. His spare time he devotes entirely to painting, watercolour painting and drawing, and visiting museums and exhibitions. He also goes to Paris, where Impressionism and Luminism give him tremendous impetus. When the First World War breaks out he resides in he Netherlands and is forced to remain here until 1918. He paints many beach scenes and coaches young artists, who want to learn painting in a modern way (what not is taught at the art academies). When the war is over he returns to Belgium and gets in 1930 the Belgian nationality.

Gradually his style becomes more robust. Paerels travels to France, Italy and Greece and captures his impressions onto canvas and paper. He exhibits in leading galleries, receives numerous awards and accepts an appointment as Professor at the Academy of Leuven. He becomes an active member of the Flemish Academy of Sciences, Literature and Fine Arts as well. Today, his works (port and cityscapes, interiors, portraits, still lifes and landscapes) hang in renowned museums in Brussels, Antwerp, Liège and Leuven, but also at the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague and the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam.