Henriëtte Ronner-Knip was a Dutch painter of the Romantic style. She is best known for her depictions of animals, especially cats. Some people call her “the painter of cats”, the reason is not only the number of paintings she dedicated to this subject, but because she knew how to capture the essence, character and nature of this animal.
Her style is characterised by the warm colours and the feathery brushstrokes, these is probably what give a sense of emotion to her paintings.
She was born in a family of artists and started her lessons with her father. In 1835 she started painting seriously because after her father got completely blind she was in charge of the family finances and legal obligations.
Her family moved to Amsterdam and during the time she lived there she painted farms, animals and forests. At the beginning in watercolour and then in oils. In 1850 she married to Feico Ronner and the couple moved to Brussels, where she started to focus almost entirely on dogs and cats.
Her most famous works were painted after 1870, images of long-haired and playful cats. Almost all of her portrayals of cats and dogs depict them in domestic scenes.