Johann Bernard Klombeck was born in Cleve in Germany, near the Dutch border at Nijmegen. He
received his first training from his uncle, the portrait and genre painter Matthais Tinthoff (1794-1881). In
1834, the Dutch landscape painter Barend Cornelis Koekkoek (1803-1862) founded an Academy in
Kleve, of which Klombeck and his uncle were the first members. From 1843 to 1856, Klombeck regularly
exhibited in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, Dresden and Berlin.
Romantic motifs, such as prominent trees and ruins, stormy weather and figures fighting against the
elements, played a major role in Klombeck’s oeuvre. Reminiscent of the work of B.C. Koekkoek, who
Klombeck succeded as the foremost representative of the Cleve Academy after the his master’s death in
1862.