Albert Anker was one of Switzerland’s most popular 19th century genre painters. Born in Ins, his father was a veterinarian, thus giving Albert an insight into and compassion for animals. Early on Anker was interested in taking art lessons with Louis Wallinger. Despite a brief foray into the study of theology, he convinced his father to let him pursue a career in art. Anker then moved to Paris where he studied at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts from 1855-60. In 1864, he married and had six children, four of whom survived passed childhood. These children often appear in his paintings. Anker’s paintings depict people in a plain style without judgment or social commentary. Influenced by Chardin his paintings reflect a realism of stability. Painting both rural and urban table scenes, he produced about 30 still lifes; many of them include cats. Anker reflected on his art as follows: “One has to shape an ideal in one’s imagination, and then one has to make that ideal accessible to the people.” Unfortunately, it was only after his death in 1910 that an exposition of his works appeared at the Muséé d’art d’histoire in Neuchâtel.
Here we have several paintings with girls and cats.