Henriëtte Ronner Knip Biography | Oil Paintings
5-31-1821 Amsterdam, NED - 3-2-1909 Brussels, BELBack to Artist IndexView Artists Paintings
Since the age of five, Henriëtte Ronner Knip demonstrated an ability and disposition for drawing and reproduced many sketches from her father, the artist Josephus Augustus Knip, when they were living in France. By the age of three, her father had lost sight in one eye, and after settling in the Netherlands, at age eleven, when he was losing the sight in the other eye, Josephus decided to seriously train his daughter, as she would become responsible for providing income for the family.
Henriëtte Ronner Knip learned and began to create art works fast to sell them and make money. By the time she was sixteen years old, she showed her work at the yearly art exhibition in Düsseldorf, Germany.
In 1845 Henriette Ronner-Knip dedicated her works to animal scenes that depicted dogs, hunting dogs in the forests and countryside heaths She began to receive critical praise for her paintings. That same year, they moved from Brabant to Brussels, Belgium.
Not long after moving to Brussels, Henriëtte Ronner Knip changed the focus from pets to the dog carts, which was a typical method for transportation by farmers and peddlers during the nineteenth century. Henriëtte established her reputation as a dog painter, and received an increasing number of commissions from distinguished patrons, including the Kings of Prussia, Portugal, and the Queen of Belgium, and was asked by the Countess of Flanders to paint portraits of her dogs. She got married in 1850 and gave birth to six children, two of them, Alfred Ronner, and Alice Ronner would become artists.
Despite her growing popularity and fame, she lived modestly and eventually changed the subject matter of her oil paintings, which had contributed to her fame. Around 1870, she shifted her attention from painting dogs to cats. That change occurred when a cat found her way into her home, and Henriëtte Ronner-Knip’s interest was aroused.
Artists Influencing Henriëtte Ronner Knip: Josephus Augustus Knip.
She Traveled To France, Belgium, Germany
Artist's Biography compiled by Albert L. Mansour at The World's Artist.