Arthur Heyer, Portrait Of A Persian Cat

Arthur Heyer, Portrait Of A Persian Cat

An early 20th-century portrait of a beautiful Persian cat by German-Hungarian painter, Arthur Heyer (1872-1931).

Heyer was a respected painter of animal portraits and particularly well known for his fascination with white cats. Throughout his career, he painted so many white felines that his peers dubbed him ‘Cat’ Heyer.

This particular lady was probably painted as a commission during his time in Budapest. It’s easy to imagine that he was the ‘go-to guy’ if you had a Persian or Angora.

The painting is signed in the lower right and housed within a swept foliate frame with pierced ornamentation.

Oil on canvas
Overall size
23½” x 19½” / 60cm x 50cm
Year of creation
c. 1910
Provenance Germany
The canvas is a little undulant and there are two bumps on the right-hand side (which are only visible in certain lights). The frame has some surface losses and cracks.
Artist’s auction highlight
£8,367 achieved for ‘Three White Angora Kittens’ at Bonhams in 1989 (80cm x 59cm).

Conservation & History

We care profoundly about our role as custodians and every piece in the collection has been assessed by our conservator. When required, we undertake professional restoration carefully using reversible techniques and adopt a light touch to retain the aged charm of each work. We also restore frames rather than replace them as many are original and selected by the artists themselves.

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