Roelof Frankot

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Roelof Frankot
Roelof Frankot - self portrait.jpg
self portrait
Born(1911-10-25)25 October 1911
Meppel, Netherlands
Died1 December 1984(1984-12-01) (aged 73)
Raalte, Netherlands
Known forPainting

Roelof Frankot (25 October 1911, in Meppel – 1 December 1984, in Heeten) was a Dutch painter.[1]

Frankot studied photography. In 1930, he started painting. He later had a strong relation with the CoBrA movement, and his artworks are quite similar to some of the art from the CoBrA movement. They are very abstract and spontaneous paintings in strong colours. Oil on canvas was his preferred medium. Publications with his art were occasionally accompanied by small poems that he wrote himself. Frankot has been considered an innovator of Dutch art with all its great traditions. Frankot died at the age of 73 from cancer.[citation needed]

Frankot's work was included in the 1939 exhibition and sale Onze Kunst van Heden (Our Art of Today) at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.[2]

During his career Frankot made a huge number of exhibitions in Europe, the United States and Latin America.[citation needed]


Frankot is represented in private collections in many countries, especially in Britain, France and the Netherlands, and among others, the following institutions:[citation needed]

  • Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Ministry of Education, Arts and Sciences, The Hague, Netherlands
  • Sandberg Collection, Amsterdam
  • Municipal Museum, Haag
  • Britto Collection, Brazilia
  • Dansk Arkitekt- & Ingeniørkontor, Silkeborg, Denmark
  • Niepoort & Co., Aarhus, Denmark
  • University of Aarhus, Denmark
  • Drents Museum, Assen, the Netherlands
  • Haags Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, the Netherlands

Literature published about Roelof Frankot[edit]

  • Scheen (1969); H. Redeker en M. van Beek, Van Cobra tot Zero (Venlo 1982)
  • Frankot, Roelof/Roding, M. Roelof Frankot. Schilderijen en tekeningen 1911-1984
  • Assen, Drents Museum, 1990, pap./softcover, 64 p. Dutch Roel H.Smit-Mulder, “Staphorst
  • Roel H.Smit-Mulder, “Staphorst verbeeld. Toen en nu”, (Zwolle, 2000) 41


  1. ^ "Roelof Frankot". RKD (in Dutch). Retrieved 4 January 2021.
  2. ^ "Onze kunst van heden, 1939 -". Beeldend BeNeLux Elektronisch (Lexicon). Retrieved 4 January 2021.

References: “Frankot” released by Galerie Moderne, Silkeborg, Denmark 1967