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Kate, J.M.H. ten | Children taking shelter from the rain

Johan Mari Henri (‘Mari’) ten Kate

The Hague 1831 – 1910 Driebergen

Children taking shelter from the rain

Oil on panel  50.5 x 66.8 cm

Signed lower left


Mari ten Kate grew up in an artistic environment. His father Lambertus built a comprehensive art collection and he was also active as an amateur painter. However, most influence on Mari’s artistic development came from his nine years older brother Herman. He had a strong reputation as a painter and taught Mari the basics of painting.

Remarkably, the choice of subject of the two brothers was rather different. Where Herman ten Kate specialised in tavern interiors and military scenes with card playing, drinking, arguing and sometimes even plundering soldiers, Mari chose more peaceful and intimate scenes. In fact, the younger of the two brother emerged as a painter of children.

Mari ten Kate acquired fame and earned a good living with his paintings and watercolours of children. He painted in a refined, Romantic style and paid much attention to detail. His brother Herman taught him the importance of making preliminary studies before beginning with a painting or watercolour. Therefore there are numerous drawings of playing children in various situations: riding a sleigh, throwing snowballs, ice skating, making fire, or playing with a ball. He also made many drawings of popular pet animals to study those, as he would often include them in his paintings.


Additional Information


Oil paintings


Romantic School


Interior/genre, Children

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