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Klombeek, Winters bosgezicht

Winter forest scene

Artist/ Creator
Johann Bernard Klombeek, Eugène Joseph Verboeckhoven
Winter forest scene
Olieverf op doek
91 x 125,5 cm
B 59


Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed


Because the art dealer M. Wolff possibly owned this painting and was in difficulty during the war, its provenance is uncertain. This art gallery had a jewish owner.

Update 2019

Until recent it was presumed this painting was part of the Rijksmuseum collection. New evidence has shown, however, this painting belongs to the Cultural Heritage Agency (Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed), the successor of the Government department for distributing Art (Dienst 's Rijks Verspreide Kunstvoorwerpen).  

Update 2020

In the letter dated 24 January 2019, the Minister of Education, Culture and Science asked the Restitutions Committee for advice on the request for restitution of the painting Winter Forest by Johann Bernard Klombeck and Eugène Joseph Verboeckhoven. The investigation that followed showed that the painting was not alienated in the period 1933-1945; there is no indication that this painting has a consted history. The full advice can be read here.

Reconstruction origin

? 1910 <>? 1940
Possibly: M. Wolff (art dealer), Amsterdam

RKD documentation

? <> 1948-11
Zwanette Beversen-Siemons (collection), Soestdijk

Inventory book Rijksmuseum

Donated to the Rijksmuseum by Z. Beversen-Siemons

Inventory book Rijksmuseum

1948-11 <> 1950
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Inventory book Rijksmuseum

Transferred to Dienst voor 's Rijks Verspreide Kunstvoorwerpen (government department for distributing art), The Hague, by Rijksmuseum

RCE inventory

1950 <> present day
Cultural Heritage Agency, Amersfoort