Lodewijk Johannes Kleijn (1817-1897) - Wintergezicht
Lodewijk Johannes Kleijn was a Dutch painter in oil paint, watercolor and lithography. Kleijn was born in Loosduinen in 1817 as the son of the shoemaker Pieter Klein and Wilhelmina van der Post. He was a pupil of Andreas Schelfhout. His subjects were landscapes, especially winter and forest landscapes, animal representations, city and seascapes. Kleijn belonged to the Dutch romantics. Klein mainly painted in The Hague and surroundings. Around 1840 he stayed and painted in Kleve for some time. Paintings from Kleijn's are at the collections of the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, the Gemeentemuseum The Hague and the Museum Rotterdam. Kleijn married Kaatje van Dijk in The Hague on 20 May 1846. (Source: Internet)
Technique: Oil on panel
Format: 40x55 cm
Signature: Bottom right
As a pupil of Andreas Schelfhout, Kleijn painted many winter landscapes with figures skating and sledging on reflective ice. He also made summer river and beach scenes and panoramic landscapes in which he unerringly conveys the tranquil atmosphere and warm light of the season’s days.
In 1840 he stayed for a time in Kleve, Germany, but it is not known whether he went there to see B.C. Koekkoek. There is no concrete evidence that he had lessons at the latter’s drawing academy. Only a few of his paintings, depicting city motifs and the area around Kleve, confirm Kleijn’s time spent in this city.