a view of the Singel in winter, Amsterdam
Oil on canvas, 28 x 38 cm, signed lower right.
Litt.: W. Laanstra, J.C.K. Klinkenberg, “De meester van het zonnige stadsgezicht”, Laren 2000, page 68. Exh..: Hoorn, Westfries Museum, J.C.K. Klinkenberg, “De meester van het zonnige stadsgezicht”, 29 maart – 7 mei 2000.
J.C.K. Klinkenberg (1852-1924) is regarded as one of the most important painters of Dutch cityscapes. His unique style is characterized by a combination of easily identifiable topographical details and impressionist painting techniques. As a boy, he attended evening classes at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, where he befriended Louis Apol. He was a pupil of Lois Meyer, a Romantic painter of seascapes, and the portrait- and genre painter Christoffel Bisschop. Especially the way in which Bisschop conveyed sunlight in his paintings had a major influence on the development of Klinkenberg’s own style. Initially, Klinkenberg painted historical scenes, but he started fully dedicating himself to the painting of cityscapes around 1880. Light and reflection were of great importance in his paintings. Klinkenberg used thick layers of paint to accentuate the sunlight and the way in which it seemed to light up the facades of the buildings. The cityscapes were true to nature and were painted with such great attention to detail that they still serve as important historical documents to this day.