|Piet Clijnk, life and work
someone start such a search? For many years it was a fact: my
grandfather was a
painter. A number
of his works hung on the walls
at my parent’s house, but that was all.
Hugo Clijnk, is the only child of my grandparents. I am the only child
parents. My grandparents are deceased. As my father is the only person
can provide information about his childhood and his parents, my search
by interviewing him.
knew some people who had some of my grandfather’s paintings in their
possession. I started visiting those people. An advertisement on the
‘Marktplaats’ (E-Bay) website led to reactions from people who owned
Furthermore, a request on Facebook from the Clijnk family group also
All reactions have been heartwarming. The number of people that have reacted and have spoken so warmly about my grandfather and his work is overwhelming. As my grandfather died when I was only 6 years old, I only knew him for a short while. My memories of him are therefore limited. Through my search, I have learned so much more about him and his work and my admiration for him has grown and grown. He didn’t follow an education at an art academy, but was a self-educated man. Furthermore it shows courage to start your own business during the depression of the 1930s. His success at earning a living by painting and framing paintings is remarkable.
touched by the warm welcome I received at peoples’ homes. The effort
people made to contact me and the fact that my father and I were
8 of my grandfather’s paintings is just remarkable. All generous donors
the paintings should be in the possession of Piet Clijnk’s own family.
search I discovered that my grandfather’s paintings not only adorn
but also walls in houses in England, Australia and Portugal. Many works
moved as part of an inheritance.
is endless. My grandfather has painted so many paintings; I have only
taken photographs of a few of them.
I have created
this website for everyone with an interest in my grandfather’s life and
also hope that this website will result in finding more paintings.
I want to point out the following: most of the photographs on this
be viewed as a small picture. Clicking on these pictures will enlarge
allow a better view of the painting.
I hope and wish that every visitor to this website will enjoy the works of my grandfather as much as I have done and still do.