Lot 265
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Najaarsveiling 2016
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Henriette Ronner-Knip (1821-1909)

Playing the guitar

signed lower right

oil on panel, 32x44 cm

Ronner’s cats are world-famous. Already early on in her career, Henriëtte Ronner enjoyed great success in salons, and her work was included in important international collections. During her lifetime, her cat paintings were in great demand in high society – and it’s no surprise: her kittens are the very epitome of “cute and cuddly”. No wonder, then, that Ronner went down in history as “cat painter” par excellence. Yet she was also interested in other topics. Her oeuvre can be roughly divided into three different periods: in her father’s studio, she painted landscapes and all manner of farm animals. When she married, she moved to Brussel, where she mostly painted dogs, from dogs pulling dogcarts to the lap dogs of courtly ladies. During this period, she truly made a name for herself as a painter.

Over the course of the 19th century, it became increasingly popular to keep cats as pets. They were part of the scenery in the comfortable, luxuriant salons of the upper middle class, and Henriëtte capitalised on this new fashion. She painted hundreds of cats and kittens, curled up on silk cushions, tumbling on the piano, or playing with yarn. The cuddly cats livened up still lifes of 19th-century objects, against the backdrop of richly decorated and beautifully textured drawing rooms. Her later cat paintings are influenced by Impressionism, as is evident from her looser brush strokes and the simplified décors. In 1876, the Queen of Belgium commissioned a painting of her two favourite lap dogs, following which Henriëtte received many more commissions. The majority of European royalty in her time commissioned Henriëtte's art.

€ 50.000,00
€ 50.000,00

Startbod: € 50.000

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