Frans Jochems acquired fame as a portraitist because of the lively psychology speaking from his works.
He practised the realistic portrait genre, sometimes with a light touch of idealisation. Making portraits, he sought for the individual character which he tried to perpetuate in the material. With his intensive professional skill and psychological insight he immortalized family members, artists, authorities etc. He simply banned all details which would have prevented exposing the elemental characteristics of the subject. Hence the gentle brightness of his penetrative portraits.
He realized busts and bas-reliefs in various materials, also in ivory. He also made numerous memorial medals, for instance Jan Van Rijswijck, Henri Naeyaert, …
Comparing a portrait bust from 1920-1930 to - for instance
- the portrait of the painter Leon Lommaert of 1946 we clearly notice
a style evolution.