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Henriette Ronner-Knip | A MOTHER AND HER KITTENS

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February 2, 06:45 PM GMT


50,000 - 70,000 USD

Lot Details


Henriette Ronner-Knip




signed Henriette Ronner and dated 1903 (upper right)

oil on panel 

15 by 21 3/4 in.

38.1 by 55.2 cm

Acquired circa 1970 

Henriette Ronner-Knip was destined to become a painter, as her father, grandfather, uncle, and aunt were all artists. A precocious talent, she studied with her father, Josephus Augustus Knip (1777-1847) who was a painter of landscape and animals, and first exhibited publicly at the age of sixteen. In the first years of her career, Ronner-Knip found success as a landscapist, though by the 1860s she turned to depictions of beloved household pets - especially kittens – which appealed enormously to a voracious buying public and earned her the title "Queen of Cat Painters." 

A consistent exhibitor at the Royal Academy in London from 1891 to 1903, her paintings were shown throughout Europe and further abroad, with some of her works included in the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition. Her charming compositions, in which cats and kittens have distinct and playful personalities, struck a chord with patrons throughout Europe from the rising middle-class to members of the aristocracy. Amongst her royal supporters she counted the royal family of Belgium, Don Fernando, King of Portugal, Kaiser William I of Germany, the Duchess of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales. In 1887, Ronner-Knip was awarded the Belgian Cross of the Order of Leopold, making her one of the few women to hold the oldest and highest order of Belgium.