Religious Pictures

Also when making religious works Frans Jochems intensively identified with the persons he modelled. This can be noticed in the sober but beautiful crossway in the church of Our-Lady-Mediator in Berchem and the Christ on the cross above the altar. Also the basreliefs above the side altars and the big Maria statue in white stone on top of the church are made by him.

Just like most artists Frans Jochems did not like outward show and formalism. He was not what is called a “churchgoer”. He attached more importance to what was fundamental. His oeuvre and the whole of his attitude show his love for humans, animals and nature, a great sense of rightfulness and his deep honesty. On the day of his decease Pastor Leysen literally said : “Frans Jochems was a holy man.”