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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.

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

'The Slufter on Texel'
Pastel, 27 x 37 cm,
Signed: lower right 'lwr Wenckebach'
Willem Wenckebach (1860-1937)

Seven years takes the restoration of the 3782 original Verkade pictures: 3506 watercolours and 276 ink drawings. For decades - till 1940 - 30 million pictures are packed with the Verkade products in order to promote them. Thousands of Dutchmen collect them and stick them in special albums, for example about spring, summer, autumn and winter, about Texel, the IJssel, the Vecht, mushrooms and other themes dedicated to nature and landscapes. Most illustrations are made by Willem Wenckebach. His landscapes are in any case favored by Thea Vorstman and Floor Meijboom, both specialized in conservation and restoration of paper and books. With great care they have removed all pictures from their old passe-partout, cleaned from glue and restored damage. The mega job is completed in 2008.

Ludwig Reymert Willem (Willem) Wenckebach made between 1904 and 1918 the pen drawings and watercolours for some 13 Verkade albums. He makes them on his tours with the famous biologist Jac. P. Thijsse, who provides the texts for in total 19 albums. Hereby the painter and graphic artist becomes known nationwide, but earlier he already made his name in the capital because of his pen drawings of old Amsterdam cityscapes, which are published every other day in the newspaper News of the Day from 1886.

Wenckebach initially is educated as a landscaper, follows then painting lessons by D. van Lokhorst and J.E. Heemskerck van Beest and gets an annuity of King William III as encouragement. He is a member of the Amsterdam artists' associations Arti et Amicitiae and St Lucas and exhibits inter alia in Amsterdam, The Hague and Utrecht.

Numerous landscapes he has immortalized such as the nature reserve De Slufter on the island Texel. In this unique dunes area with creeks, which have an open connection with the North Sea, arose a salt-tolerant marsh vegetation. It is now a protected national park, where we like to go.

By the Pieter Scheen artists encyclopedia Wenckebach is mentioned alongside painter, graphic artist and illustrator (including of children's books and calendars), also as a well known book cover designer. Some time he teaches at the School of Applied Arts. His work hangs, among others, in the Jewish Historical Museum in Amsterdam, the Centraal Museum Utrecht and the Zaans Museum.