Hildo Krop


Hildo Krop (1884 -1970) Hildo Krop (1884 -1970) It’s almost impossible to wander through the city of Amsterdam and not see work by Hildo Krop, the chief sculptor of the city. Many bridges and buildings have sculptured work that Krop is primarily responsible for. The sculpture “Two Cats Making Love”, which can be seen at the Cat Cabinet, is clearly … Read More

Sal Meijer


Sal Meijer (1877 – 1965) SSal Meijer was born in 1877 in the Jewish neighborhood of Amsterdam. Sally (or Salomon) grew up in a diamond cutting family after the big prosperous period of diamond industry was over. When he was 13 there was nothing else for Sal to do but help his family business in their financial misery, and he … Read More

Henriëtte Ronner-Knip


HENRIËTTE RONNER-KNIP (1821 – 1909) It was her father, Josephus Augustus Knip, who first taught Henriette basic brushstrokes. Josephus began his career working on wallpapers, but quickly left to focus on painting landscapes and animals. The parents took their children on many travels that they made to France to paint in the employ of the rich upper classes. It was … Read More

Han van Meegeren


Han van Meegeren (1889-1947) The Cat Cabinet possesses a work by Han van Meegeren called “Jongen met Poes” (Child with Cat). The subject of the painting is his son Jacques van Meegeren. Note – this is a genuine original work of this Dutch painter who is mostly known as a master forger of Vermeer paintings. Van Meegeren studied Architecture under … Read More

Théophile Steinlen


Théophile Alexandre Steinlen (1859 – 1923) Who doesn’t know the black cat, with his frayed tail and yellow eyes looking haughtily at the world? The title of the poster “Tournée du Chat Noir avec Rodolphe Salis” is probably not well-known, but one look in the eyes of this cat and no one could forget him. Who was the man behind … Read More

Ed van der Elsken


Ed van der Elsken (1925-1990) Ed van der Elsken saw much of the world in his travels. Of particular importance for him during these travels was to meet people – the fascinating, characteristic residents of world cities such as Hong Kong, Tokyo, Paris and Amsterdam, as well as other locations in Africa and Japan, were the beloved subjects of his … Read More

Leonor Fini


Leonor Fini (1907-1996) Fini was a much talked-about figure in the French and international art world. In her youth she spent time in the intellectual salons of Trieste, at the time an international, cultural city where giants such as James Joyce and Italo Svevo found inspiration. But for most her life she lived and worked in Paris. She was an … Read More

Carel Willink


Carel Willink (1900-1983) A fascinating portrait of the cat Ploe, drawn by Carel Willink. This highly detailed drawing can be found at the Cat Cabinet. A close inspection will reveal an inscription at the bottom left: “For George”. In 1919 Willink decided to become an artist, after a short while studying Architecture at the Technische Hogeschool in Delft. First he … Read More

Edouard Marcel Sandoz


Edouard-Marcel Sandoz (1881-1971) The Cat Cabinet has two remarkable sculptures by Edouard-Marcel Sandoz: the yellow sleeping cat and the wooden sculpture of a stately cat. The yellow statue is probably from the period when Sandoz worked with porcelain due to the scarcity of stone and bronze. Sandoz was born in Basel in 1881. He spent three years studying at the … Read More

Nicolas Tarkhoff


Nicholas Tarkhoff (1871-1930) This impressionist Russian painter was born in Moscow. When he was 24, he began studying under Konstantin Korovin after being rejected from the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture. When he was 28, he left for Paris to continue his studies. Soon his work was being shown in the gallery of well-known art dealer Ambroise Vollard, … Read More