Julius Adam, II (1852-1913)
Julius Adam, II was born in Munich, Germany in 1852. Born into a long line of painters, his first artistic experience came under the teaching of his father, who was in the photography business. His first job was for his fathers company was as a retoucher of photographic images. The young Julius Adam II worked for his fathers company in South America, Rio de Janeiro, for nearly six years, from 1866-1872. In 1872 upon returning to Germany, he enrolled himself to paint and study with the professors Echter and W. Diez. This was his first formal training in arts and crafts. He would later study with Wilhelm, where he would hone his reputation as a painter of cats. He studied with Wilheim for more than six years.
By the latter part of the nineteenth century two male painters of cats surfaced as the leaders along with Henriette Ronner (1821-1909) , who at the time was the queen of cat painters, that being Julius Adam II and Eugene Lambert (1824-1902). Adam was a younger generation of the famous family of Munich animal painters; his older relations such as Albrecht Adam had been successful horse painters along traditional lines, and it was perhaps a sign of the times that he should now forsake horseflesh for the domestic cat. Cat painting was the art of the new urban society, living a pampered life in apartments and town-houses; horse painting harked back to the more rural days. At all events, Julius Adam clearly had a feeling for his subject; his often seen self-portrait shows him manfully working on at his easel while a family of kittens climb over him.
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National Museum, Washington, D.C.