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by Ten Kate Herman

The Hague 1822 – 1891
Dutch School

Dimensions: Image size 65 x 110,50 cm, frame size 89,50 x 133 cm
Signature: Signed bottom right
Medium: Oil on panel

Herman Ten Kate was born in The Hague on February 16, 1822 and died there on March 26, 1891. He worked in The Hague until 1867, in Amsterdam in 1868, he travelled to Belgium, Germany, Italy and was in France in 1840 and 1841. He studied under Cornelis Kruseman and attended the academy in The Hague. In 1847 he became a member of the Royal Academy in Amsterdam. He was also a member of the Rotterdam Academy from 1856 and for many years the Chairman of ‘Arti et Amicitiae’ in Amsterdam.

During his lifetime he was an extremely successful and popular artist. He was best known for his paintings of Cavaliers in all types of situations. The high quality of his work and the type of life he portrayed made his paintings widely sought after.

The influence of the Frans Hals school is clear in his work. He was obviously influenced by artists such as Dirck hals, Pieter Codde and Jakob Duck; however Adriaen van Ostade, who also worked with Frans Hals, appears to have had the greatest impact on him. He was a storyteller as was Ten Kate and they both used rich colours and good composition to depict the scenes they were painting. Equally important, as far as subject matter is concerned, was the influence of Meissonier, who was painting a similar type of subjects at that time in France.

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