There was one pinpoint of sun that October day in 1908, and the cat found it. Then Paul Raud (Estonian; 1865-1930) decided to take up his brush and keep that moment for himself. Raud's influences ranged from 17th-century Dutch portaits to German Impressionism, and he spent a fair amount of his career doing traditional portraits for patrons. In this piece, the background's reduced to a gesture in autumn sepia. The serious brushwork is all about the cat: those stripes! Those perfectly articulated ears! No Dutch merchant could ask for more attention in his own portrait.
Curious about Paul Raud? Me too, but I am at a loss since I don't read Estonian. Here is a little info I have found.