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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

'Man in Chiaggia', 1930,
Black chalk, 21 x 13 cm,
Signed: upper right 'w.s.' + 'chiaggia 30'
Willy Sluiter (1873-1949)

Jan Willem ('Willy') Sluiter is an incredibly versatile artist: he draws, paints, makes watercolours and lithographs. He is also well known as a maker of characteristic political pictures, eye-catching posters (which are inspired by Toulouse Lautrec) and sharp caricatures; he carries out advertising assignments, designs book covers and folders for music, immortalizes with great sense of humor numerous hilarious real-life situations, but also fixes deeply tragic events, such as the bombing of Rotterdam in May 1940. Besides that he is an acclaimed portrait painter in higher circles. The notary son is not without reason called a gentleman artist. . .

According to the artists encyclopedia of Pieter Scheen Willy Sluiter is born in Amersfoort. First at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rotterdam and then in The Hague he gets a solid education. He is restless, lives and works successively in Zwijndrecht, Dordrecht, Rotterdam, Scheveningen, Katwijk aan Zee, Volendam, Laren NH and finally in The Hague. He has been a member of various artists associations: include 'Pulchri Studio' (The Hague), 'Arti et Amicitiae' (Amsterdam), 'Pictura' (Dordrecht) and the Art Circles in Rotterdam and The Hague. Sluiter also makes numerous trips abroad, sometimes along with fellow artist Piet van de Hem. Among others he visits Italy, France and Spain. En route he draws and sketches constantly. Very inspiring is a big trip to the former Dutch East Indies: his coloured travel journal is published in 1923 under the title 'Per steamboat company Nederland to Java'.

His paintings and drawings have been successfully exhibited in numerous galleries and museums, which also add works of him to their collection. During his life he has also - and quite rightly - received a long series of awards. His drawings, posters - for example 'lawn tennis' scenes - and exhibition posters for Hamdorff in Laren, are still popular at auctions and at art dealers. The striking sketch of this ‘man in Chiaggia', made in 1930 in the area around Venice, is a good example. The unflappable northern Italian peasant with hat and mustache we think is a character that appeals to the imagination; someone who always comes back to life, when you look at it.