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.

April 8, 2017

April 8, 1987

Cats and books is what this blog is about. These pictures are tidily timely then. They are by a Swiss artist, Francis Knopf. Not sure about his birth date but we do have his father's.

From the artist's website , I think, we learn his father's dates: April 17 1912 to April 8, 1987. And more about his parents, Georges and Lucette Knopf Knopf-Moreillon:

Jean Georges 17.4.1912-8.4.1987 in Lausanne. Accountant at Lavanchy in Lausanne, then secretary of the cervix.Masson, Intelligence Services during the 1939-45 war, and chief of staff and 1A contributor to the state General Staff in Bern, Colonel rank. Wife Lucette, born Moreillon. They have four children: David Jean Francois Daniel, Simone Agnes, Denise Suzanne.

There is more information about Knopf the artist here, and we excerpt:

"The wildlife painter Fran├žois Knopf exposes his strange paintings: different kinds of animals, often of big size, moving in an unadapted world. Animals painted in a realistic way but atmosphe lightly surreal or in all cases strange. The bison at breakfast and bisons on a training way, the hippopotamus looking for the river, the elephant on the bank of a lake or in a field covered with snow, the bear on the railway or lying in front of a shop, the pig in the sand box, the cat on the butterfly, the horse and the chess game or the horse in the bedroom.....

The artist himself describes his life:

"I was born in 1939 in Lausanne (Switzerland) where I did work as an accountant during numerous years. Actually with my Dutch wife [Anneke] we are living in a lonely house, on the edge of a wild forest, in Ollon (Switzerland). We have two children. I start to paint around 18 year old. Up today I have done 19 personal exhibitions of my paintings. A striking event in my painter's life: an amateur bought all the 41 paintings of one of my exhibitions. And this just before the varnishing day!" 

Another Knopf, illustrating the artist's playfulness.

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