Genre scene with cat and her kitty was executed by Arthur Heyer ( 1872 in Haarhausen - 1931 in Budapest), famous German-Hungarian painter, primarily of animal motifs.
Because of his artistic talents, he attended the teaching institute of the Kunstgewerbemuseum in Berlin from 1890 to 1895. His teacher was Max Friedrich Koch. During this time, Heyer also published his first drawings in various newspapers, especially in the satirical weekly newspaper Die Wespen, which was published at the time as a supplement to the Freisinnige Zeitung under the direction of Eugen Richter.
In 1892 and 1895 he conducted study trips to Transylvania, where he came into contact with the local Hungarian culture. In 1896 he moved to Budapest and earned his living with book illustrations. In 1900 he took Hungarian citizenship, then still part of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. In 1906 he had his first exhibition in Budapest, which was followed by numerous others. In 1909 he also had two exhibitions in his Thuringian homeland, at the Grand Ducal Museum in Weimar and at the Kunstverein Gotha. In 1911 he received the Hungarian Graf Andrássy Prize. After several exhibitions, e.g. in 1915 he was appointed professor at the Künstlerhaus in Vienna and in the Glaspalast in Munich. In 1929 the Hungarian National Museum in Budapest acquired his self-portrait. In 1931 he died in Budapest at the age of 59 and received a state funeral on the Kerepesi temető.
In addition to his early satirical drawings, Arthur Heyer mainly painted animal pictures, especially cats. There are numerous pictures, often commissioned works, in which the Angora cats, painted by him in many shades, are shown naturalistically. For this reason he was also called "Cat Heyer". In addition, there are numerous pictures of other animals, such as deer, rabbits, pheasants, chickens, deer and dogs. Today, these are often sold as art prints or posters.
Literature: "General Artist´s Lexicon " by Thieme/Becker, Leipzig.; MagyFestAdat, 1988.
Inscriptions: signed lower left..
Technique: oil on canvas. Original perid frame.
Measurements: unframed w 26 3/4" x h 21 2/3" ( 68 x 55 cm ); framed w 31 2/3" x h 26 1/2" (80,5 x 67,5 cm).
Condition: in very good condition.