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September 24, 2016

September 24, 1825

Louis Eugène Lambert (September 24, 1825 to May 17, 1900) gained some fame as a painter of animals.

We learn this from

Lambert’s great success at the Salon of 1857 with “Cat and Parakeet” decided his career; thereafter he garnered a world-wide reputation as a painter of cats and dogs, and was dubbed the “Raphael of Cats.” He received medals in 1865, 1870 and was presented with the Chevalier of the Legion of Honor in 1874. In 1874, he painted Baron Nathaniel de Rothschild surrounded by his dogs. Lambert also produced imaginative illustrations for many books, among them the
Fables of La Fontaine.

According to a contemporary review of his work:

"The cats of H. Louis Eugene Lambert are as usual the most attractive and characteristic reproductions of animal life to be found at the Salon. One of his contributions this year is probably destined to as widespread a popularity as was obtained by his 'Envoi en Provence,' that basketful of recalcitrant kittens that won such a success a few years ago. This year H. Lambert takes an historic flight, and, remembering the tact that Cardinal Richelieu was passionately fond of cats, he paints for our delectation
the pets of the great statesman His other contribution is felicitously named
'Fallen Greatness.' A tiger skin Is spread upon the floor, and a sober mother cat and ber family have taken possession of this relic of the king of the forest. The languid dignity of the mother cat, with her glossy fur, pink nose, and reposeful attitude, is well contrasted with the irrepressible vivacity of her offspring."
— Art Journal, August, 1878.

We have this example of his work, titled: Three cats red cherries and bees

It could be argued that Lambert, a pupil of Eugene Delacroix, does not surpass his teacher.

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