Rudolf Epp (1834-1910, German)

Rudolf Epp, Self Portrait- cat artistRudolf Epp (1834-1910, German) was a realist painter of the Munich School who primarily painted women and children with cats in domestic scenes. Epp started drawing at a young age, and he studied art at the Grand Ducal Baden Art School in Karlsruhe. Later he also attended the Dusseldorf Art Academy. Around 1859, he produced landscapes after a trip to the Black Forest. In 1862, he married and moved to Munich where he quickly gained notoriety as a popular painter.

Epp used his daughters as models in some of his paintings which are realistic depictions of German home life in the 19th century.  And he must have liked cats very much as most of these works include a cat or cats. These simple and sometimes humorous genre pieces were very much appreciated by the public. Even though the subjects are unsophisticated, there is a certain charm to them. His works numbered in the hundreds, and many were confiscated by the Nazis during WWII.

Epp has remained a popular artist with many of his paintings still being sold at auction today.  

 

Cat and Mirror Rudolf Epp

Cat and Mirror

 

Playing with the Cat Rudolf Epp (1834 – 1910)

Playing with the Cat

 

Rudolf Epp (1834 – 1910, German) - Girl with a Cat

Girl with a Cat

 

Rudolf Epp (1834-1910), 'Peeling Apples' with cat

Peeling Apples

 

Rudolf Epp Detail of Cats in Peeling Apples

Detail Peeling Apples

 

Rudolf Epp, Großmutter und ihren Katzen Grandmother and her Cats

Großmutter und ihren Katzen
Grandmother and her Cats

 

Rudolf Epp Breakfast time with cats

Breakfast Time

 

Rudolf Epp Strickendes Mädchen mit katze, girl sewing with cat

Strickendes Mädchen
Girl Sewing

 

Rudolf Epp, Baby and Cat

Baby and Cat

 

Rudolf Epp, Chatting, cats in art

Two Girls Chatting

 

Rudolf Epp, Child Dressing with cat

Child Dressing

 

Rudolf Epp, Girl Knitting with her Cat

Girl Knitting with her Cat

 

Rudolf Epp, Grandmother's Story with cat

Grandmother’s Story

 

Rudolf Epp, In der Stube mit katze

In der Stube

 

Rudolf Epp, In the Barn

In the Barn

 

Rudolf Epp, Mother and Child Feeding the Cat

Mother and Child Feeding the Cats

 

Rudolf Epp, Old Woman and Cat

Old Woman and Cat

 

Rudolf Epp, Putting Socks on with the cat

Putting Socks on

 

Rudolf Epp, The Morning Prayer with the cat

The Morning Prayer

 

Rudolf Epp, The Morning Wash with the cat

The Morning Wash

 

Rudolf Epp, Visit to Grandmother's, cats in art

Visit to Grandmother’s

 

Rudolf Epp, Watching Kitty Play

Watching Kitty Play

 

Rudolf Epp, Wearing the Crown-Brautschmueckung, cats in art

Wearing the Crown-Brautschmueckung

 

 

The Bug-Rudolf Epp (1834 – 1910, German)

The Bug

 

The Milk Bowl ~ Rudolf Epp, cats in art

The Milk Bowl

 

Rudolf Epp Evening with cat

Evening

 

Rudolf Epp, girl with a basket holding a cat

Girl with a Basket Holding a Cat

 

Rudolf Epp, Kiss Me Quick cats in art

Kiss Me Quick

 

Rudolf Epp, Spinning

Spinning

 

Rudolf Epp, the sick mother, Die Kranke Mutter, cats in art

The Sick Mother, Die Kranke Mutter

 

Rudolf Epp, Woman playing with cat

Woman playing with cat

 

Rudolf Epp, Work break

Work break

 

Rudolf Epp cats

 

Rudolf Epp Woman with a book and cat

Woman with a book and cat

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