Mari ten Kate artwork • painting • previously for sale Visiting Artis Zoo in Amsterdam
Mari ten Kate
Den Haag 1831-1910 Driebergen
Visiting Artis Zoo in Amsterdam
oil on panel 26.9 x 38.3 cm, signed l.r. and dated 1860 on a label on the reverse
This painting was previously for sale.
Mari ten Kate was a pupil of his brother, the genre painter H.F.C. ten Kate. He specialised in paintings with figures in them, often featuring children playing. As a true-born romantic, Ten Kate idealised their natural artlessness and virtue, as well as the simple existence of peasants and fishermen. His charming scenes were often far removed from 19th century reality, when such groups in society invariable led a hard and miserable existence.