Wilhelm Schwar (1860-1943, German)

Wilhelm Schwar-photoWilhelm Friedrich Johann Schwar (1860-1943, German) was born in Munster, Westphalia. In his youth, he discovered his passion for art and painting and soon moved to Munich where he studied at the Künstlerhochburg.  He began to exhibit his genre works in 1890.  He met the cat artist Julius Adam, as they were neighbors in the art commune.  Perhaps influenced by Adam, he turned his attention to solely portraying animals and in particular cats.  Cats had become a popular subject for artists because they sold well and many artists who painted cats at the time were successful, such as Louis Eugène Lambert, Henriette Ronner-Knip, Louis Wain, Thèophile Alexandre Steinlen, Henry Dolph and Carl Kahler.  

Schwar’s exacting and realistic style is distinct. His cats, while seemingly relaxed, are highly detailed and remain popular on today’s auction sites.

However, after WWI cat paintings began to become less popular and Schwar faced financial problems. Wilhelm Schwar died a forgotten artist in 1943 at age 83.

 

 

 

 

Cat in a Basket, Wilhelm Schwar

Cat in a Basket

 

 

Child with Pet Cat and Dog by Wilhelm Schwar 1898

Child with Pet Cat and Dog 1898

 

 

Girl with a Kitten, Wilhelm Schwar

Girl with a Kitten

 

 

Dog and Kitten, Wilhelm Schwar

Dog and Kitten

 

 

 

 

Grey and White Cat, Wilhelm Schwar

Grey and White Cat

 

 

Grey and White Kitten, Wilhelm Schwar

Grey and White Kitten

 

 

Kitten and Bee 2, Wilhelm Schwar

Kitten and Bee

 

 

Kitten and Bee, Wilhelm Schwar

Kitten and Bee

 

 

Kitten and Butterfly, Wilhelm Schwar

Kitten and Butterfly

 

 

Kitten with Beetle, Wilhelm Schwar

Kitten with Beetle

 

 

 

 

Mother Cat and Three Kittens, Wilhelm Schwar

Mother Cat and Three Kittens

 

 

Our Peter, Wilhelm Schwar

Our Peter

 

 

Three Kittens, 1899 Wilhelm Schwar

Three Kittens, 1899

 

 

Cat on the Stoop, Wilhelm Schwar (German, 1860 - 1923)

Cat on the Stoop

 

 

Wilhelm Schwar Mother and Kittens

Mother and Kittens

 

 

Wilhelm Schwar, Black and White Kitten

Black and White Kitten

 

 

Wilhelm Schwar, Cat and Kittens

Cat and Kittens

 

 

Wilhelm Schwar, Cats and Sewing

Cats and Sewing

 

 

Wilhelm Schwar, Four Kittens and a Butterfly

Four Kittens and a Butterfly

 

 

Wilhelm Schwar, Mother and Two Kittens

Mother and Two Kittens

 

 

Wilhelm Schwar, Three Kittens

Three Kittens

 

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