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Europeans & Americans Abroad; Philadelphia Collection 73; September 2004
 
 
painting
 
Julius Adam II
(German, 1852–1913)
Kitten
Oil on prepared board, 5 3/4 × 7 1/2 inches
Signed at upper right: “Jul. Adam”

Note: This painting retains what appears to be its original frame.


The best-known member of a family of Bavarian artists, including his father, the painter and lithographer Julius Adam (1826–1874), and his uncle, the painter Albrecht Adam (1786–1862), Julius Adam II was so well known for his feline subjects that he was called “the Raphael of Cats.” His popular paintings were widely reproduced in lithographs and photographs. Following early training from his father, Adam spent six years in Rio de Janeiro. Upon his return to Germany, he studied in Munich with Michael Echter (1812–1879) and Wilhelm von Diez (1839–1907). Adam’s work can be found in the Milwaukee Art Museum and in the Alte Pinakothek in Munich.


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