Flemish painter, illustrator, and architect. He came from Bruges and is known only through written sources, the earliest of which places him in Paris in 1398, when he dictated instructions on the production of colours to Johannes Alcherius. Alcherius reproduced Coene's instructions, with information from other French and Italian painters, in a treatise of 1411 ("De coloribus diversis modis tractatur"). In 1399, on Alcherius's recommendation, Coene was one of the three consultants summoned to Milan to advise on the construction of the cathedral.
Scholars have tried to identify Jacques Coene with the Master of the Maréchal de Boucicaut, however, this identification is strongly debated (and rejected).