ADOLF VON BECKER (1831-1909, Finnish)

Adolf von Becker was one of the first Finnish artists to study in France.  Becker was a realist painter and studied under Gustave Courbet.  Later he opened a school in Finland where he taught Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Albert Edelfelt and Helene Schjerfbeck.  His paintings of cats primarily revolve around quiet domestic scenes without much symbolism involved.