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.

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

'Rhododendrons in kettle with scale', 1933
Pastel, 42 x 35 cm,
Signed: lower right 'w.fleur '33'
Willy Fleur (1888-1967)

He does justice to his name, Willy Fleur: almost all the flowers from floristry Meijer in the Reinkenstreet in The Hague are at times painted by this 'stickler', according to the monograph 'A colourful Hague painter with an Eastern heart' (2004). In his still lifes is barely missing a flower type: from lilacs to snowballs and daisies, from anemones and chrysanthemums to gloxinia's, from cacti, lilies and dahlias to azaleas and geraniums. In many Hague homes is with the one-time purchase an always flowering houseplant or bouquet acquired.

But Johan Willem (Willy) Fleur has painted more: tropical birds such as parrots, cockatoos and parakeets, exotic fishes and Asian bazaars. In addition to these on the Far East-inspired genres he painted landscapes, winter scenes, harbors (including in Scheveningen and Katwijk) and girls in Hungarian or Marker clothing, mostly in oil on canvas, sometimes with watercolour or pastel on paper.

His sparkling colours are, according to the already mentioned monograph, mostly used by painters of the Far East. What is his connection with the Far East? Both his father and grandfather have been administrators in the former Dutch East Indies and although Willy was born in Markelo (Overijssel) the family background has left him with obvious traces. Thus he uses in his still lifes a lot of Asian objects, such as Japanese and Chinese pots, dolls, teapots and bowls.

From 1912 until his death he lives in The Hague. He gets his education at the Rotterdam Academy of Fine Arts with Huib Luns as a teacher and then at the Hague Academy. From the founding in 1917, he is an active member of the Dutch Art Society in this city and exhibits regularly. Exhibitions he also gets in the Stedelijk Museum and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Royal Art Hall Kleykamp and even quite frequent, in the Panorama Mesdag in the royal residence.

Fleur is renowned for its steady quality. His versatility is evident from the fact that he was not without merit pianist, but also has built radios and had a great fondness for Egyptian literature and was able to decipher hieroglyphs (!).

This pastel from 1933 captivates us by his particular use of colours and the tranquility which it assumes.