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Preface: Henk Klasema, Bergen op Zoom, 2001
During the course of my industrial life I have collected many works of art. After completing my studies in business administration at Nijenrode University in Breukelen (the Netherlands) at the age of 20, I became interested in art and antiques. It was an older friend, Paul Muysson, an artist by profession, who introduced me to this world.

He taught me the right way to look at paintings, pastels and watercolours, with their interesting varieties of shade, darkness, brightness and light in composition and colour. Initially, I collected romantic and post-impressionist works of the lesser-known artists. The reason being that I could not afford expensive paintings.

As a fledgling assistant manager of the company for which I was working at the time, I was destined to work hard and intensively. Fortunately, there was also the possibility of looking around in the artistic world from time to time. Moreover, I learnt that the possession of figurative works of art gave me, as a developing businessman, the opportunity of becoming a dealer. The process of buying and selling was interesting because of the possibilities for making a profit. Initially, this process took place at flea markets and later on at the auction houses of Sotheby’s and Christie’s. I had no objections to selling although collecting still remained a key interest.

In 1982 I decided to adopt a more commercial approach and I therefore set up Klasema ART. As do many artists, I myself gradually progressed from figurative to other forms of art. At a certain moment one realizes that there is more to the world of art than creating good likenesses. Expressionism, Cubism, Constructivism, Geometric-Abstract, Non-Objective and Abstract Expressionism are also art forms, for example, that can give satisfaction to both artist and viewer.

Over the last 20 years my interest developed from figurative to abstract forms of art. Abstract art is very personal and touching. For me, the feeling of equilibrium and beauty is important. Exaggeration of colour and composition must be avoided. In my opinion an artist should always focus on the heart of the matter and should try to keep things as simple as possible.

This progression has finally brought me to the art of the nineteen forties, fifties and sixties. It is the art of this period that /forms/has become/ the major part of my co