Klombeck was one of the most talented of Barend Cornelisz Koekkoek’s pupils. His paintings depict the surroundings of his native Kleef (Cleves).
The flat Dutch countryside could not satisfy Barend Koekkoek’s romantic soul and in the summer of 1834 he moved to the Cleves in Germany, where he found his ideal subject matter in the region of the Ahr, Ruhr and Rhine. Here he would spend the rest of his life. In 1841 Koekkoek founded his own drawing academy and in his footsteps, many artists travelled to the former ducal residence seeking instruction from the great master at the academy, among them was Johann Bernard Klombeck. These artists gave rise to the school of landscape painting referred to as ‘Cleves Romanticism’.
– Sale Christie’s New York, Oct. 2000;
– with MacConal Mason & Sons Ltd, London (label on verso) at TEFAF 2009;
– Private collection, the Netherlands.