Sale: 474 / Art of the 19th Century, Nov. 23. 2018 in Munich Lot 73

 
73
Julius II Adam
Drei Katzenkinder, 1887.
Oil on panel
Estimate:
€ 2,000 / $ 2,280
Sold:
€ 6,250 / $ 7.124

(incl. 25% surcharge)
Lot description
Drei Katzenkinder. 1887.
Oil on panel.
Signed, dated and inscribed "München" in upper left. 15.1 x 20.4 cm (5.9 x 8 in).

neatly executed composition by the Munich artist nicknamed "Raphael of Cats" in intimate format.

PROVENANCE: Sotheby's New York, auction on February 20, 1992, lot 34 (with illu.).
Private collection North Rhine-Westphalia.

Essay
Julius (II) Adam was born son of the lithographer and photographer Julius (I) Adam and grandson of the animal and war painter Albrecht Adam in Munich on May 18, 1852. He entered his father's business at an early point and was trained as photographer. At the age of fourteen he went to Rio de Janeiro and stayed for six years. He worked as a landscape photographer and retoucher. After his return in 1872, Adam began studying at the Munich School of Applied Arts under Michael Echter and in 1874 he transferred to the Nature and Landscape class at the Academy. In the following years he mainly studied with Wilhelm von Diez. After the death of his father, he took on odd jobs, such as poster designer and wood engraver in order to support the family financially. Until 1882 the artist mainly devoted himself to genre painting, deliberately abandoning the depictions of animals that prevailed in the Adam painter family. In the mid-1880s, however, a picture of a cat he had made was so well received by the Munich Kunstverein that he began to devote himself almost exclusively to cat painting. Thus, the artist became known among his contemporaries as "Cat Raphael" or "Cat Adam". He worked on the same subject with consistently high artistic standards, combining the precise light and color observations of the Diez school with great empathy for the portrayed animals. Several of his paintings were awarded the Golden Medal at the International Art Exhibition in Munich. Julius (II) Adam died in his hometown on September 23, 1913. He occupied a significant position among the Munich animal painters of the Wilhelminian era. [FS]
73
Julius II Adam
Drei Katzenkinder, 1887.
Oil on panel
Estimate:
€ 2,000 / $ 2,280
Sold:
€ 6,250 / $ 7.124

(incl. 25% surcharge)