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Stolk was born in Java. He migrated from East Java to the Netherlands between the ages of three and twelve. In 1910 he is enrolled at the Kunstnijverheidsschool in Haarlem. His teachers there were Chris Lebeau, Eduard August von Saher and his later friend Samuel Jessurun de Mesquita. He is a schoolmate of Maurits Cornelis Escher. His teachers describe Stolk as the most talented student in the school. Stolk obtains the MO certificate of drawing at the Rijks-Normaalschool in Amsterdam and subsequently becomes a drawing teacher in Haarlem. He lives in Vienna from 1922-1926. There he writes some aircraft patents to his name. Subsequently, from 1927-1939 he taught at the Institute for Applied Arts in Amsterdam. In 1930 he travels to the Gold Coast and Nigeria to study patterns on the clothing fabrics. This journey has a great influence on his artistic work. From 1939 to 1945 he works at the Kunstnijverheidsschool Quellinus Amsterdam. Stolk was not very commercial. He did not exhibit often. He rarely printed large editions. Often he was satisfied with sending a print to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and the RKD in The Hague. Nevertheless, his work can also be found in various museums, among others. in Assen. Recent editions were made by the Drukkerijmuseum Meppel and Toon Wegner, Orvelte. (Source, Wikipedia)

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