Friday, March 08, 2013

Who painted this? #19

Your art history challenge this week is to identify this painting of various cats in different feline postures - see how many you recognise!

Do you think this artist owned a cat and/or is a cat lover?

Who painted this? #19
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Who Painted This #18 - The Answer

  • Title of the artworkVase of Roses
  • Name of the artist who created this artworkHenri Fantin-Latour (1836-1904)
  • Date it was created: 1875
  • Media used: oil on canvas, 
  • Where it lives now: painting in private collection: Julian and Josie Robertson

Vase des roses (1875)
Henri Fantin-Latour
It's slightly debateable where this painting is right now as it forms part of the collection of Julian and Jose Robertson, is promised as a bequest to the Auckland Art Gallery in New Zealand but at present still forms part of the collection.  As such it could be in New York - or New Zealand where they live for part of every year.

It was exhibited in an exhibition of the works contained in the bequest at the Auckland Gallery in 2011.
In May 2009 Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki announced a promised gift of 15 works of art through its Foundation, including paintings by Cézanne, Picasso, Matisse, Gauguin and Mondrian - the largest gift ever made to an art museum in Australasia.
The gift, from New York art collectors and philanthropists Julian and Josie Robertson, represents some of the major European artists of the modern era. Its cultural value places it among the most generous philanthropic acts in New Zealand history.
Note:  Julian Robertson is one of the original and a legendary Hedge Fund Manager with a net worth of $2.8 billion.  He and his wife are also generous philanthropists and have extensive connections with New Zealand where they live for part of every year - hence the bequest to the Auckland Gallery.

You can find examples of Fantin-Latour's paintings in an awful lot of galleries.
The correct answers

Rather more people got this answer correct this week!

The first person to get the correct answer this week was Roger Brown (Art Of The Wild by Roger Brown)

Others who got the answer correct were as follows (in order):
There's a little Henri Fantin-Latour still-life that's so modest and satisfyingly painted I'd love to wake up to it each day.
Others also got the artist or some but not all of the information.

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  1. It's painted by Utagawa Kuniyoshi.

    I found this by searching cats ink Japanese.... easy! :)

  2. Trying again, this time with all the information I could find!


    TITLE Drawings of Fifty-three Lovingly Raised Animals (Myô kaikô gojûsanbiki)

    YEAR 1848

    Block Print

    I couldn't find where it is now though.

  3. I searched for famous paintings of cats in various poses and found a similar painting of four cats which led me to Utagawa Kuniyoshi.

    Cats suggested as the fifty three stations of the Tokaido.

    Utagawa Kuniyoshi.

    1843-1845 (that's a guess)

    Ukiyo-e Woodblock Printing

    Couldn't find were it lives, but there are some works in the British Museum so it could be there.There was also a Kuniyoshi exhibition at the Royal Academy in 2009 showing works from Arthur R Miller collection but I don't know if this was one of them.

  4. Yes, he was a cat lover! (Or so says Wikipedia)

    "Cats suggested as the fifty-three stations of Tokaido"

    by Utagawa Kuniyoshi


    Ukiyo-e woodblock print

    Lives in the British Museum

    Could not find the dimensions. It was easy to find the correct image,(searched for Japanese cat painting) much more difficult to find the rest of the info.

  5. And thanks so much for setting these quizzes, Katherine. It's a wonderful way to see art that I would otherwise not get to see!

  6. Hi Katherine,
    Lovely depiction of cats... of course he must have loved them! He caught all of their expressions! Here are my answers-

    Title of artwork: Drawings of Fifty-three Lovingly Raised Animals (Myô kaikô gojûsanbiki)

    Name of the artist of created this artwork: Utagawa Kuniyoshi

    Date it was created: c.1848

    Media used: woodblock print
    Publisher: Iba-ya Sensaburô

    How I knew: I recognised it as a ukiyo-e print as I had read up about them after visiting the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam (he was an avid collector). I googled ukiyo-e prints of cats, and it came up fairly quickly! Once I had the image, it was fairly easy to find the information.
    Cheers, Shevaun

  7. Artist Name-Utagawa Kuniyoshi
    Medium-Waterbased Inks on (Silk ?) Oban tate-e triptych
    Time-Edo period, 1848
    Title-Cats Suggested by the Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido.
    The collection of Kuniyoshi Prints from B.W. Robinson was almost all sold at christies in 2007,the triptych of Cats was sold for £38,900,which is the highest price paid for this artists work so far.Am not sure where this print is currently located, or how many are there are.
    I used Google and searched Japanese Cat prints,at one point I had 15 Tabs opened up on this artist,trying to find answers.

  8. I forgot to add that Kuniyoshi was not only a cat lover, but he also owned more than 10 cats .

  9. Title
    Cats suggested as the 53 stations of 2the Tokaido

    Drawings of 53 lovingly raised animals

    by Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川 国芳)

    He was a cat lover who had many cats around him.I think you would have to be to come up with all those poses.

    Wood block print c 1848
    published by Iba-ya Sensaburo
    Oban tryptich

    Where it is now Collection of Basil W Robinson, London.

    I searched for it by googling various combos of: cats, Chinese characters painting illustration Japanese etc no success till I tried cats poses Japanese painting. I found a similar painting with fewer cats then found it doing a search using that Artist's name.


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