From 1988 Dutch artist Frans Koppelaar paints his city, Amsterdam. As a genre the painted Cityscape, after a final heyday during the first quarter of the 20th century, sunk into oblivion. The village gallery, where Koppelaar for the first time wanted to exhibit some of his cityscapes, had therefore little faith in the marketability of such type of work. "The people here are not interested in cityscapes. They are happy that they live outside the city and they want nothing to do with Amsterdam." The exhibition, however, showed the opposite. Already on the first day all cityscapes were sold.
Koppelaar appears to choose preferably those moments and locations when and where the city shows itself from its best side. By the reduction of noise and hustle in his urban landscapes, in which also people are rarely dominantly present, the silent, timeless beauty of the city reveals itself.