HENRIETTE RONNER-KNIP (1821-1909)
is a Dutch salon artist from the "Belle Epoque" who is famous for her commissioned cat portraits. In 1876 the Queen of Belgium commissioned her to paint two of her favorite lapdogs. The success of this work led to many other prestigious commissions from royal families. A year later, she was given the Cross of the Leopold Order, a rare achievement for a woman artist. In 1998, a major retrospective of her work was held at the Kunsthal in Rotterdam.
In her paintings, Ronner-Knip concentrated on animal scenes in the lush Belle Epoch interiors popular at the time. The animals have individual personalities and almost human characteristics.
In this artwork, The Best of Friends (1890), the elder cat looks over a kitten who climbs on her perch and several others (in the painting) as a friendly dog enters the scene. The sculpture recreates the delicate balance of youthful play and mature concern.
Size: 4 in. x 3 in. x 1.75 in.
Item Type: statue
Material: bonded stone
Weight (lbs): 0.4