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

'Portrait of Jaap Dooijewaard', 1963
Crayon, 20 x 13 cm
Signed: lower right 'willem vd berg '63' +
'jaap dooijewaard'
Willem van den Berg (1886-1970))

In the works of Hendrik Willem (Willem) van den Berg are portraits of fellow artists, scientists and celebrities - including Queen Juliana in 1955 - an important component; of which this is an example. He also frequently depicts rural life and the life of fishermen.

Born in The Hague he learns the principles of painting as a young boy from his father, the artist Andries van den Berg (1852-1944). After his secondary school education Willem goes to the Academy of Art in The Hague where Willem van Konijnenburg and Carel de Wild are his most important teachers. After his education he makes inspiring study trips to France, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, Italy and England.

He paints, watercolours, draws, etches and lithographs in a naturalistic style. Because his work shows great competence, Van den Berg is appointed in 1938 as director-professor of the National Academy of Fine Arts in Amsterdam. He is not only known as a technically highly skilled artist, but also as an unflappable person. About that is an anecdote: Van den Berg lands on the way to the station with his coach in the water. When he was fished out of the icy water, he speaks the historic words: "Well, if we're quick, we might just catch the train," writes Hans Bruinzeel in his thesis about Willem van den Berg (2004).

Van den Berg has had much influence on a whole generation of Dutch artists, but to the new experiments in painting after World War II, such as Cobra, he feels not attracted at all. Rather, he insists on the importance of the technical control of the metier. Therefore opposition to him arises among teachers and students. On his retirement in 1953 he is appointed as Knight in the Order of Oranje Nassau. Nine years later former students organize an exhibition of honor for him.

Willem van den Berg is a member of various artists' associations and received numerous national and international awards. His work has been included in the Hague Municipal Museum, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, the Singer Museum, the Drents Museum and museums in Triëst, Budapest and Michigan (USA).