Lot 8
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Johann Mari Henri ten Kate

50,000 - 70,000 USD
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  • Johann Mari Henri ten Kate
  • Behind the Ramparts
  • signed JM ten Kate (lower left) 
  • oil on canvas laid down on board


Acquired through the Prendergast Bequest, 1891


Descriptive Catalogue of the Art Gallery of the James Prendergast Library Association, Jamestown, New York, 1906, no. 26 
Katherine E. Manthorne, The Mirror Up to Nature: A Catalogue of 19th and 20th Century Paintings in the Collection of The James Prendergast Library Association, Jamestown, New York, 1982, p. 25

Catalogue Note

Among the group of artists who form the Dutch Romantic school, Mari ten Kate is the most renowned painter of children.  The son of an art collector, he was introduced to the principles of painting by his older brother, Herman (1822-1891), who specialized in tavern interiors and military scenes. The present work epitomizes the subject matter for which ten Kate acquired fame: children at play.  He delights in the presentation of a snowball fight, riding a sleigh, or playing a prank, usually involving a companion dog, and always suffused with warm Romantic light.