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    Sale 2801

    19th CenturyEuropean Art

    14 October 2008, Amsterdam

  • Lot 263

    Henriette Ronner (Dutch, 1821-1909)

    On a pink pillow

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    Henriette Ronner (Dutch, 1821-1909)
    On a pink pillow
    signed and dated 'Henriette Ronner./97.' (lower right)
    oil on panel
    32.5 x 46 cm.


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    Henriette Ronner was surrounded by artists as a child and it is
    therefore not surprising that she chose to devote herself to fine art. Her father Josephus August Knip (1777-1847) specialised in painting
    cattle and he would teach his children to observe the habits and form
    of animals. Her brother August Knip (1819-1859) adhered to the same
    theme as their father's, but in the thirties and forties Henriette
    started to focus on smaller animals such as cats and dogs. From 1870
    onwards, cats became the predominant subject of her paintings. When she started out painting pets, they had not previously been used as an
    independent motif in the 19th Century. The art market, however, was
    changing: due to a booming economy, industrialists became a new
    prosperous class and cats as pets became popular. As a consequence the demand for paintings of cats became as enormous as it remains to this day.

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