Old Man’s Treasure (Das Katzchen), Karl Gussow
On Google Art Project, downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons, original is in the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool.
Gussow was criticized at times for being sentimental.
Well, yes, but… look at that wonderfull brushwork, the controlled color, nuanced values and wonderful attention to texture and detail — right down to the old man’s dirty fingernails. The man could paint, friends and neighbors.
And the kitten is cute. I mean, really.