Grandeur Déchue by Jules LeRoy

  • French genre artist Jules LeRoy composed this charming portrait of a family of cats
  • The felines rest atop a fox skin rug in the appropriately titled Grandeur Déchue
  • LeRoy's cat portraits were exceptionally popular in his age and remain so today
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Jules LeRoy
1856-1921 | French

Grandeur Déchue
(Fallen Grandeur)

Signed ‘J.LeRoy’ (lower right)
Oil on canvas

French painter Jules LeRoy explores the personalities of his feline subjects in this charming oil on canvas. Such paintings of animals and family pets were remarkably popular at the end of the 19th century, and LeRoy possessed a particular talent for capturing the unique character of his subjects. Using an expressive brushstroke, he brings these kittens and their mother to life, their fur preciously fluffed, as they rest atop a fox skin rug in the appropriate titled Grandeur Déchue (Fallen Grandeur). 

Jules LeRoy was born in France in 1856, perhaps the son of the still life painter Jules LeRoy Sr. (1833-1865). He was renowned for his paintings of cat such as this one, executed in both oils and watercolors. Paintings of pets were highly coveted by the wealthy upper classes of the 19th century, and LeRoy's charming compositions of mischievous cats in domestic interiors were particular favorites. His works remain just as popular today, found in important private and public collections such as the Musée d'Art et d'Industrie (Roubaix).

Canvas: 23 1/2" high x 34" wide
Frame: 36 1/4" high x 47 1/4" wide
Grandeur Déchue by Jules LeRoy
Maker: LeRoy, Jules
Period: 1816-1918
Origin: France
Type: Paintings
Depth: 5.25 Inches
Width: 47.25 Inches
Height: 36.25 Inches
Canvas Width: 34 Inches
Canvas Height: 23.5 Inches

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