Frans Koppelaar

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Frans Koppelaar
Frans Koppelaar 2003.jpg
Self portrait of Frans Koppelaar
Born Frans Thomas Koppelaar
(1943-04-23) April 23, 1943 (age 75)
The Hague, Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Known for Painting, Landscape art

Frans Thomas Koppelaar (born April 23, 1943), is a Dutch painter, who was born in The Hague, Netherlands.

From 1963 to 1969, he attended the Royal Academy of Visual Arts at The Hague. He moved to Amsterdam in 1968.[1]

His landscapes and Amsterdam cityscapes are painted in a style that recalls the classical tradition of the Hague School and the Amsterdam Impressionists.[2]

Koppelaar's work is congenial to a figurative movement in Dutch contemporary painting that evolved during the 1990s in a reaction to the pared-down conceptual art and the too pompous art-theories of that period. Through the years his style evolved into a simpler, straightforward approach.[3] By 1984, he no longer identified himself with any art movement.

Koppelaar is also known as a portraitist.[1]

Backlight Langestraat (1993)
oil on canvas


  • Brunt, Ineke & Eisema, Joan (2004), "Gegrepen door het moment - Amsterdam in olieverf" ("Grasped by the moment - Amsterdam in oils"), Stichting de Heeren Keyser ISBN 90-808649-3-5
  • "Amsterdam Urban Landscapes from the Meentwijck Collection" (2003), Auction House Christie's, Amsterdam
  • Denninger, Carole (2008), "Amsterdam 365 Stadsgezichten", THOTH, Bussum NL ISBN 978-90-6868-490-2


  1. ^ a b "Netherlands Institute For Art History" (in Dutch). Retrieved 2007-11-02. 
  2. ^ Brunt, Ineke; Joan Eisema (2004). Gegrepen door het moment, Amsterdam in olieverf. Amsterdam: Stichting de Heeren Keyser. p. 5. ISBN 90-808649-3-5. 
  3. ^ Pouw, Lex (2004). Gegrepen door het moment, Amsterdam in olieverf. Amsterdam: Stichting de Heeren Keyser. p. 3. ISBN 90-808649-3-5. 

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