S: Corry J. Ten Kate-Helmann Oil Paintings Volume 2
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1: Cornelia Jacobina Ten Kate Helmann Born November 6, 1917 in Nijkerk, The Netherlands (Her nickname is Corry) Corry Helmann comes from an artistic family, her fathers' family had a musical background, her mothers' a painters background. Her father became a banker and an excellent business-man, her mother did much for her childrens' education and made the most beautiful embroidery. Corry had a great admiration for her uncle Ferdinand Helmann who was the first violinist with the Concertgebouw-orchestra in Amsterdam, Holland (The Netherlands). He also was at times their soloist and Corry attended his concerts of Beethoven, Mozart, and his world premier of Hindemith and Brahms among others. So difficult, all the studying and dedication she thought. Her grandfather loved nature, worked in a bank and in his free time did his artwork. Her mothers' talents and her love for visual arts came via his family. His work was full of atmosphere, mostly pastel in his later years and some of his work was exhibited in the Booymans Museum in Rotterdam where he lived. Arie Mulder pzn, was the way he signed his work. Most of it and his house was destroyed with the bombing of Rotterdam in World War II. As a little girl Corry liked to draw. After graduating from high-school she went to the art academy in the city of Arnhem where she lived in the province of Gelderland in Holland. The academy was called “Kunstoefening,” she excelled in illustration, silversmith work and ceramic. Corry obtained a diploma in art in one year and could teach children up to 12 years of age. Her talent enabled her to progress from the first to the third year in the academy, skipping the second year altogether. Sadly, due to her fathers' wishes, she had to leave the art-academy to work in his office. She cried big tears upon leaving the school. During the five years working in the office, Corry made watercolors when she had the time. She moved to Amsterdam and started oil-painting. In Amsterdam during World War II, she also created many beautiful watercolor illustrations (28) for a fairy-tale book, in addition (52) sepia pen-drawings to compliment the illustrations in color. She still has today all the original work and is awaiting the matching stories to have it all printed. After the war Corry designed, decorated and executed the décor for the cabaret “La Gaté” in the Tuschinsky Theater in Amsterdam consisting of murals, mirrors and metal figures, as well as other important decorative elements. She obtained the work through an interior-decorator, Mr. Le Grand, who worked for the well known “House of Reens” in Amsterdam. Corry still owns the pictures in photo-albums of her work from “La Gaté” consisting of the multiple murals of animal scenes and festive dancing people in beautiful costumes, and dancing figures which are made from heavy brass wire, decorated with colored mirrors. She also still owns the all the original drawings used for the final décor. continued..
3: ..continued The architect of Rotterdam toured Amsterdam and chose Corry to make the interior decoration and designs for a resort in a park that belonged to the city of Rotterdam called “Parkzicht.” She designed and executed many murals, in addition she designed the stairwell and balcony banisters surrounding the dance floor, made from metal with brass accents, revealing an airy and simple design. These she also has archived in her photo collections. Having moved to the United States, Cornelia began making murals in New York City. One, for example, was on Madison Avenue for the Swiss Elna Machine Company. Another for a Dutch interior-decorator, Mr. Dubourg from the “House of Pander”. Other murals were executed in private homes one being on Park Avenue, and also in a Wall Street office. Corry was for some time a member of the “Art League of Long Island,” and won a second prize with a ceramic figurine. After living at the Jersey shore for nine years in Atlantic Highlands, (she sold sea scapes there) her husband and children enjoyed much sailing. She sometimes went along with her easel and painted on Plumb Island. When they traveled, she enjoyed race point and Cape Cod where she painted the dunes. She had to move from New Jersey to Belgium with her family for her husbands work. Living near Antwerp, Belgium, she exhibited some of her work in the city. Having lived for ten years in Belgium, she returned with her family to the United States where she still resides today, almost thirty years, in Florida in the same house in St. Cloud. The lay-out for the home was designed by Corry. She still enjoys her painting and ceramic. Corry is married to Louis Ten Kate and they are both in their nineties, and have three children. A son in New Mexico, Peter M. Herber, and two daughters Iris K.H. Ten Kate a silver and gold smith in St. Cloud retired, and Veronica L. Ten Kate MD, a pediatrician in Tampa, Florida. St. Cloud, Florida U.S.A.