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4. December 2019

My Day

4. December 2019 Katharina

Hello, and welcome to our new post. Today, we are going to look at three paintings by Job Klijn. In them we meet women and some fascinating colour constructs. We will think about what stories these women and colours tell us.

Meeting Point

When I was searching for something in the cellar today, I discovered my old diaries. I was fascinated how I had captured in them every single day, a long time ago.

Do you write diary or have you once done it? A day in our life passes so quickly. Still, so much happens in all these small moments of a day. With us and our life.

And this is what Job Klijn’s paintings are about – life and what happens in it. Let us have a look at them with the following questions:

The Time Given, Job Klijn, 2019
  1. What do we see?
  2. What do the colours tell us?
  3. The paintings’ titles – why are they important to us?

What do we see?

In the painting ‘The Time Given’ we see a woman. She is running into the painting.

In front of her, huge clouds tower. A light cloud goes over into some darker, red ones in the upper part of the painting. We meet such coloured explosions also in the next painting, ‘ Should I Just Kiss You and Find Out?’.

Powerful they frame a tiny woman. She is turned towards us. What would you say that she is doing? Maybe dancing?

We do find a similar colouring in the next painting. In ‘Liters and Liters of Nostalgia’. In front of a silent see and a cloudy sky, a woman is sitting.

What do the colours tell us?

Do you like abstract art or do you prefer figurative art? Here, we find a mixture of both.

Colour-Circle, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1809, Goethe-Museum, Frankfurt

The women and the abstract coloured parts. What we see are not so much particular places but most of all colours as such.

And the colours do something with us. Already the German author Johann Wolfhang von Goethe saw this. He lived in the late 18th and early 19th century.

According to Goethe, the colours belong to particular emotionale states. On the right side of his circle, we have the ‘warm, lively’ colours. The right side, however, depicts the ‘cold, unsettled’ ones.

The Time Given, Job Klijn, 2019

What Goethe discovered about the colours, we see this also in Job Klijn’s paintings. The colours contribute to the atmosphere and the women’s appearance.

The one woman is running towards the bright cloud. Maybe this hopeful sight will make her stop at some point and let her pause.

With the dancing woman, the bright and darker colours still alternate. But the lighter parts seem to suppress the darker ones slowly. The woman dances against the darker colours.

And with the woman at the sea, the bluish colours create a rather moody atmosphere. But the silent, lingering woman, fits into this.

The paintings’ titles – why are they important to us?

When you look at an art work, do you first read the title or concentrate on the work itself? With Job Klijn’s paintings, the titles are very crucial.

They contribute to the painting, similar to the colours. These titles, the colours and the women tell together the stories.

Stories about how we run with the time and see a small spot of hope. Or how we dance because we have been brave and a kiss lightens up our life. And how we linger because we are rather sad. But we accept this moment as it is.

All this can happen during one day. We can capture this in a diary or in a painting. We can forget about it or remember it. And then comes the next day. But the main thing is that there light parts colour our day no matter how dark it might be.


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