Théodule-Augustin Ribot (1823 – 1891, French)

Theodule Ribot, cat artistThéodule-Augustin Ribot (1823 – 1891, French ) was born in Saint-Nicolas-d’Attez and studied at the École des Arts et Métiers de Châlons. After finishing his studies in 1845, he moved to Paris.

Ribot was a self-taught realist painter of domestic and still life scenes as well as portraits. In 1861, he debuted at the Paris Salon with four paintings of kitchen scenes. These works were quite popular, and they were easily sold.

Ribot was interested in the contrasts between light and dark and preferred painting from nature. Ribot used his own family members as models in many of his works. In fact, he used the family cat as a subject in his paintings as well. In Chat Dormant which depicts a woman holding a sleeping white cat, we see the same cat being used in several other paintings. Ribot’s depiction of the cat here signifies that the animal was an important part of every day life.

 

Sleeping Cat, Theodule Ribot

Sleeping Cat

 

In 1878 Ribot received the Légion d’honneur. In 1891, Théodule-Augustin Ribot, in ill health, stopped painting and moved to Colombes where he died.

The Fortune Teller’ Théodule Ribot from The Salon of 1891.

The Fortune Teller

 

Three Witches and a Black Cat Seated around a Cauldron, Theodule Ribot

Three Witches and a Black Cat Seated around a Cauldron

 

The Sick Cat, Theodule Ribot

The Sick Cat

 

The Cat's Lunch, Theodule Ribot

The Cat’s Lunch

 

Théodule Ribot, The Young Cook

The Young Cook

 

Theodule Ribot, The Cat and the Cook

The Cat and the Cook

 

Ribot (Théodule, 1823-1891) - Four studies of a cat seen from behind

Four studies of a cat seen from behind

 

Attribué à Théodule Ribot Saint-Nicolas-d'Attez, 1823 - Colombes, 1891

 

Sketch of Cats Théodule Ribot

 

Ribot, A Resting Cat

 

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