The Book, Cat, & Cat Book Lovers Almanac

of historical trivia regarding books, cats, and other animals. Actually this blog has evolved so that it is described better as a blog about cats in history and culture. And we take as a theme the advice of Aldous Huxley: If you want to be a writer, get some cats. Don't forget to see the archived articles linked at the bottom of the page.

February 28, 2017

February 28, 1872

Arthur Heyer, (February 28, 1872 to 1931) did lots of animal paintings. Here is an example of his work.

According to his Wikipedia (German) article, which we mention since information is sparse on this guy:

Arthur Heyer was born in Haarhausen in Thuringia in 1872 as the second son of the local village school teacher Georg Hermann Heyer and his wife Friederice. In 1875 the family moved to Gotha , where Heyer also spent his schooldays.

On the basis of his artistic talents he attended from 1890 to 1895 the education institute of the Kunstgewerbemuseum Berlin . His teacher was Max Friedrich Koch . During this time, Heyer also published his first drawings in various newspapers, particularly in to the time as a supplement to, led by Eugen Richter published Freisinnige newspaper satirical weekly The wasps . In 1892 and 1895 he conducted study trips to Siebenbürgen , where he came into contact with local Hungarian culture. In 1896 he moved to Budapest and earned his living with book illustrations. In 1900 he accepted Hungarian nationality, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire . In 1906 he had his first exhibition in Budapest, followed by numerous others. In 1909 he also had two exhibitions in his Thuringian homeland, the Grand Ducal Museum inWeimar and the Kunstverein Gotha. In 1911 he received the Hungarian Count Andrássy Prize . After several exhibitions, including the Künstlerhaus Wien and the Glaspalast in Munich , he was appointed professor in 1915. In 1929, the Hungarian National Museum in Budapest acquired his self-portrait. In 1931 he died in Budapest.... and received a state funeral...

His fondness and focus on cats led to his being called Cat Heyer.

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