Emile Munier (1840 - 1895): Her Best Friend, 1882, Oil on5/28/2021, 11:19:49 AM
Emile Munier (1840 - 1895): Her Best Friend, 1882, Oil on canvas, 68.6 x 50.8 cm (27 x 20 inches), Private collection French artist Emile Munier painted primarily children and pets in an ‘academic’ style, a synthesis of Romanticism and Neoclassicism. In 1871, Munier began to devote all his time to painting after having successfully exhibited at the Paris Salon in the 1860’s as well as having received three medals at the BeauX Arts in 1869. Munier’s sentimental genre scenes of children, which featured his own children as models, and pets were highly prized by American art collectors. The Victorian ideal of cleanliness was equated with the cat, and children were expected to follow the example of their cute pet kittens.