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.

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

'Freedom of the press', ca 1992
Oil on panel, 32 x 42,5 cm
Signed: lower right 'willy belinfante'
Willy Belinfante (1922-2014)

If you love books and rarely leave a bookstore without new accessions, the paintings Willy Belinfante made of bookstores filled with reading and leafing soul mates, directly hit you into your bibliophile heart. Delightful, as her characters sometimes completely absorbed in a text. They bend over the piles of books, which lay inviting on tables and turn their head 90 degrees or more to read the titles of the rows of books on the shelves. The nice thing about this painting – discovered at Galerie De Ploegh in Soest – is that the child, so to see, is eager to learn to read!

Willy Belinfante was educated at the Hague Academy and went to Paris, where she learns how colours can suggest motion, emotion or silence. With a keen sense of observation she captures the communication between people accurately, it does not matter whether it is in a bookstore, at a conference, or on a terrace, but the fact is that ‘officially hassle’ inspires her enormously. She paints the chattering, pretentious attendees during university ceremonies, receptions, cocktail parties and soirees, and shows with pictorial spot their rush on the snacks and drinks. Her characters are very human, just look at the fanatic bridge players, the dedicated singing choir, the semi-serious wine tasters or the deliberative gown carriers. . . They are very recognizable, her characters, sometimes shy or modest, but more often with a genteel air.

Besides people Willy Belinfante paints languid landscapes and beautiful parks, often with pastels or watercolour in soft tones. 'Lonely' scenes, such as a terrace with one forgotten garden chair, desolate blocks of houses in Tunisia or a deserted beach or promenade, stand in stark contrast to the busy network meetings.

She may have inherited her talent from her grandfather, the painter Samuel Johan van der Beek. Her daughter Laetitia de Haas has unmistakable the same artistic genes: she also paints and lithographs. Mother and daughter often exhibit together.