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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.

145. Paula Thies
146. Elli Slegten
147. Bep van Beek
148. Jan Homan
149. Annica Koot
150. Paul Hugo ten Hoopen
151. Gert Hendriksen
152. Dick Haakman
153. Jan van Kempen
154. Jetty Homan
155. W. Hüliam
156. Max Rädecker

'Winter city scene',
Oil on canvas, 38 x 48 cm,
Signed: lower left 'W .Hüliam Df'
W. Hüliam (…)

A winter day in Düsseldorf in the beginning of the last century. Walkers protect themselves with umbrellas against the steadily falling snowflakes. The sun tries to break through the gray clouds, but does not succeed. It's still early in the afternoon, but the streetlight is already on and out of the windows of the stately mansions in the background shines light. This oil painting is made on the edge of the Hofgarten and near the Königsallee, in the middle of the capital of the German state of North Rhine Westphalia, located on the Rhine. However. . . not a hundred years ago, because the linen is quite new.

A red sticker on the back of the frame mentions 'Eigentum der Breidenbacher Hof GmbH 1877'. So once it hung in the distinguished hotel at the famous 'Kö', whose first stone was laid in 1806. During the Second World War it was completely destroyed by a bombardment and reconstructed after the war. In 1999 the hotel closed its doors and due to the poor condition of the property it has been replaced by a 100 million euro new building, that opened in 2008. The 5-star hotel with its classic-chic look was and is frequented by the jet set.

In the period between the closure in 1999 and the demolition of the building in 2005, the inventory has been sold, including numerous artworks, such as this impressionist-style oil painting. Unfortunately we did not find the name of the artist with the signature W.Hüliam Df. It is certain that the addition 'Df' indicates Düsseldorf. There is also a stamp with 'Richter-Keilrahmen 4 Düüsseldorf', followed by an unclear address and an only half-readable telephone number. Obviously in this store for painter supplies the painter bought this canvas.

Perhaps we sometime learn more about the artist W.Hüliam on the internet and hear more about him or her. Meanwhile, we are looking with great pleasure to this romantic winter scene.