Masterfully genre scene in peasant interior with a girl playing with her cat, was executed by good listed German painter of the Duesseldorf school Julius Kost (1807Meissen - 1888 Düsseldorf ). Kost studied painting at the Düsseldorf Art Academy. From 1840 to 1843 he was a student in Johann Wilhelm Schirmer´s landscape class. He was also a member of the Malkasten artists´ association. Kost, who worked as a painter in Düsseldorf, created landscapes, cityscapes and genre pictures.
Works:Motif by Trarbac, acquired at the exhibition of the Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen in 1848 from the widow of Franz von Spee;The main guard on Burgplatz, Düsseldorf, before 1858;View of the crane at the Old Harbor, Düsseldorf, 1861;Haus Alleestraße 108, pencil drawing, washed on paper, 1872.
Literature: Kost, Julius. In: Friedrich von Boetticher: painter works of the nineteenth century. Contribution to art history. Volume I, Dresden 1895, p. 747; artist lexicon Thieme/Becker XXI, 1927.
Inscription: signed and dated Düsseldorf 1865 lower left.
Technique: oil on canvas, original salon gilt frame.
Measurements: unframed w 17 1/2" x h 20 5/8" (44,5 x 52,5 cm), framed w 23" x h 27 1/4" (58,5 x 69 cm).
Condition: in good condition.