Kees (Cornelis) Terlouw was born in Rotterdam in 1890 where he began his artistic career. He later lived and worked in Utrecht and the Hague until 1926 when he moved to France and where he remained for the rest of his life.
He was influenced by the painter of the Haagse school and excelled in painting atmospheric landscapes and forest views in a naturalistic and impressionistic style. It was the seasonal changes that in particular he was able to capture through his rich palette and expressive brush strokes; gently flowing rivers through autumnal woodlands and quiet winter scenery of snowclad country lanes.
As well as landscapes and forest views, Terlouw painted genre scenes and still life of flowers. Despite his long activity in France, many of his works are typically Dutch in style. This is certainly reflected in his interior pieces where he often depicted traditional Dutch clothing and décor.
Kees Terlow died in Saint-Maur des Fosses, a southeast suburb of Paris, in 1948.