Louis Eugene Lambert (French, 1825 - 1900) is known throughout Europe for his wonderful portraits of animals, primarily cats and kittens. Born in Paris, Louis Lambert became interested in drawing as a young boy, when he studied at the Ecole de Dessin. Between 1842 and 1846, Lambert became serious about art and began to study with Eugène Delacroix and Paul Delaroche. He also copied the old masters at the Louvre, where he was very influenced by the Flemish School. At night, he studied at the Gobelin Academy, working after nature. Lambert’s great success at the Salon of 1857 with “Cat and Parakeet” decided his career; thereafter he garnered a world-wide reputation as a painter of cats and dogs, and was dubbed the “Raphael of Cats.” He received medals in 1865, 1870 and was presented with the Chevalier of the Legion of Honor in 1874. In 1874, he painted Baron Nathaniel de Rothschild surrounded by his dogs. Lambert also produced imaginative illustrations for many books, among them the Fables of La Fontaine.
Thanks to William Secord Gallery..
High public price was over $76,500.00, for one of his multi-cat artwork.
Country of Origin: France.
Medium: Watercolor on paper.
Signed lower right: L. Eug. Lambert
Size: 14 1/2 inches by 19 inches sight; framed 22 inches by 26 inches.
Condition: Generally good condition. Minor toning to the paper. Not examined out of the frame.
Circa: Pre- 1900.