|all photos taken by me|
As you've probably heard, this painting wasn't originally named "My Wife's Lovers." The wife in question was Kate Birdsall Johnson (1833-94), whose husband Robert C. Johnson had died 2 years before, but not before coming up with the collective nickname for the Persian/Angora clowder. The center of the tribe was Sultan (shown above), bought in Paris for some amount so ridiculously huge apparently no one thought to record it.
I was able to get up close to the painting and take a couple of detail shots. This is a work of European Academicism, a prettified realism, the kind of thing you'd expect of a high-ticket turn of the century commission. No surprises, and a lot of technical excellence.
You should read the excellent article that Portland Art Museum posted about this work. (I would like to note that I hadn't been there in years and was thrilled by the overall collection - there's a Barbara Hepworth I particularly loved.)