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
23½” x 19½” / 60cm x 50cm
Year of creation
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).