Siebe Johannes Ten Cate

Artist: Ten Cate, Siebe Johannes

Siebe Johannes Ten Cate
Siebe Johannes Ten Cate

Siebe Johannes ten Cate (1858 – 1908) was a Dutch-Frisian painter in the Impressionist style, who spent most of his working life in France.

His father was Jan ten Cate, a tanner who entered politics and became the Mayor of Sneek. His grandfather, Steven ten Cate also served as Mayor.

He studied at the Rijksakademie and, after graduating, continued his studies in Antwerp and Brussels. At the age of twenty-two, he settled in Paris and opened his own studio.

Soon, he found himself influenced by impressionism. He also became a friend of Kees van Dongen and the two briefly shared a home in Montmartre in 1897.

Van Gogh was an acquaintance and described Ten Cate as “a very neat man, completely dressed in black cloth“, and not at all like a typical poor artist.

His favorite subjects were landscapes, city and harbor views, often populated with figures. Le Havre was one of his favorite locations. He also made some etchings and lithographs.

Click here to read Ten Cate’s full bio on Wikipedia.

Ten Cate painted in several places in France. These are the places he painted in (links “” to his works will appear below when published):

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