Émile Munier (1840-1895, French)

Emile Munier in his studioÉmile Munier (1840-1895, French) painted primarily children and pets in an ‘academic’ style, a synthesis of Romanticism and Neoclassicism. Born in Paris to working class parents, it was soon apparent that Emile as well as his two brothers had artistic talent. After attending various art classes,  Munier followed in the footsteps of William Adolphe Bourguerau and both became good friends. In 1871, Munier began to devote all his time to painting after having successfully exhibited at the Paris Salon in the 1860’s as well as having received three medals at the Beaux Arts in 1869.

Munier’s sentimental genre scenes of children, which featured his own children as models, and pets were highly prized by American art collectors. His 1885 painting, Trois Amis (Three Friends) was exhibited at the Paris Salon and was met with raving reviews. The painting went on to be distributed in posters and used in Pears Soap ads. The Victorian ideal of cleanliness was equated with the cat, and children were expected to follow the example of their cute pet kittens.  

In 1895, he completed La jeune fille et le panier de chatons.  Shortly thereafter he celebrated his 55th birthday, and died a few weeks later from a cerebral hemorrhage and was buried at the Montparnasse cemetery.



Emile Munier, Her Best Friend 1882

Her Best Friend


Emile Munier, Detail, Her Best Friend, 1882

Detail, Her Best Friend



Emile Munier Petite Fille et Chat Little girl and cat Detail, 1882

Petite Fille et Chat
Little girl and cat
Detail, 1882


Émile Munier, 1885 Favourite pets Trois amis

Trois Amis
Three Friends


Emile Munier (1840 - 1895) Feeding New Friends, 1882

Feeding New Friends



Emile Munier (1840 – 1895, French) Best Friends

Best Friends


Emile Munier (1840 – 1895, French) Girl Playing with a Kitten

Girl Playing with a Kitten


Three Children with Kittens, Emile Munier (French, 1840-1895)

Three Children with Kittens




Emile Munier - Playing with the Kitten

Playing with the Kitten



Emile Munier (French, 1840-1895) Girl with kitten and puppy

Girl with Kitten and Puppy

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