Piet Clijnk named himself ‘artist’ and ‘framer’. He framed his own work, but also that of others.
During my search, paintings were mentioned with a name label on the reverse which were not painted by my grandfather but were framed by him. His own work can be recognized by his signature. He also restored paintings by other artists.
Piet Clijnk painted subjects he liked, chosen by himself, but he was also commissioned to paint by other people. I have found paintings of peoples’ birthplaces. Certain general subjects, such as townscapes, were painted more often because these were popular. Gortershoek and Klauwershoek were among the more popular scenes and were painted a number of times. Piet Clijnk used various techniques. He used oil paint, but also watercolour and sepia. Besides these techniques he also sketched in pen and ink. To date, I have found five pastels (painted during the 1930’s), also a pencil sketch. The reason I have found so few pastels is that my grandfather did not like this particular technique. The pastel had to be secured to the paper after finishing as it could come loose from the paper and slip between the glass and the frame. That is why I found only a few pastels, which were made during the 1930’s. In later years he no longer painted in pastel.
Sometimes people received a painting as a present on the occasion of an anniversary. On the reverse of the painting, text concerning the anniversary can be read, sometimes a text written by Piet Clijnk himself.
Piet Clijnk did not like people watching over his shoulder when he was painting. That is why he sometimes took photos of the subject to be painted, which he used at home later as a model. These were black and white photos. He also made outlines with the names of the colours.
Most of the oil paintings were painted on canvas. My grandfather also painted during the war, but was not always able to buy canvasses then. Some of the oil paintings from that period were painted on panels. I have also seen a painting painted on a prepared flour sack.
He didn’t follow an education at an art academy, but was a self-educated man. He never received an allowance or benefit from the government. My grandfather was able to live from the proceeds of his work, although it was never a luxurious life.
In his inheritance a notebook was found with the title: Register van Eigen Werken (Record of Own Works). This record contains all works painted and sold during the period 1949 – 1967, sometimes with the names of the buyers, the subject and the prices. No record was found of the period
1928 – 1948, but we know that my grandfather painted many paintings during this period.
Framing and watching the result