Art of Rosina Wachtmeister

by jptanabe

Colorful cats and fantastic flutes. The art of Rosina Wachtmeister is bright and exciting, filled with fun images, and focuses on two of my favorite topics - cats and music.

I first came across the beautiful artwork of Rosina Wachtmeister when looking for a picture of someone playing a flute. I wanted something light, bright, and exciting - not a photo and not a picture of a classical musician seriously playing in an orchestra. I found the perfect image and then discovered the artist who had painted it.

This artist didn't just paint fanciful flutists, she painted colorful cats too! I was sold. Cats are a special favorite of mine. I love photos of cats - even though they are usually quite disdainful of the idea of posing for a camera they do take up the best poses in their everyday life! Painters, though, are free from the constraints of the actual colors and shapes of real cats, and can take their essence and fly with it. That's what Rosina does. And her work is gorgeous.

The flute player
The flute player

About Rosina Wachtmeister

Rosina was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1939. She learned flute as a child - must have inspired this beautiful flute picture. In 1953 she moved to Brazil - that must be where she learned to love color. Vienna in the 1940s would not have been a very colorful place!

In 1967 she moved to Italy and learned to paint in Rome, where she first exhibited her paintings in the Piazza Navona. From 1974 she moved to Capena, just north of Rome. And she's lived there ever since.

The streets of Capena, as well as her whole menagerie of animals (including 20 cats) have inspired many of her paintings. Seems like she chose a good place (and good cats) judging by her artworks!


Yes, Rosina Wachtmeister is probably most famous for her paintings of cats. They are adorable, exotic, warm, romantic, playful, colorful of course, and entirely enticing to all cat lovers. If I fell in love with her paintings of flute players and other musicians, I was became even more enamored of her work when I found her cats.

You may have noticed that her musicians have very round heads. Well, her cats have uniquely shaped heads - they start with a circular shape, like the people, and then the lines just continue up to make perfect pointed ears! And then, of course, they have the perfect profile noses. Fanciful, not constrained by realism, kind of like the attitude cats have about life!


Fascinating places in Italy

O Sole Mio I by Rosina Wachtmeister
O Sole Mio I by Rosina Wachtmeister
and a cat can always show up!
Via Galileo Galilei VI
Via Galileo Galilei VI

More than just works of art

Rosina's art has become so popular, you can find it everywhere! There are porcelain figurines of her amazing cats, stationary, books, calendars, tableware, home furnishings, jigsaw puzzles and even umbrellas with her artwork!  

Rosina's cat figurines

Colorful, cute, totally adorable!
Clara Rosina Wachtmeister Miniature Cat

Learn more about Rosina

and see more of her art

Here are some sites that have more information about Rosina Wachtmeister, and show her works:

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Updated: 06/17/2023, jptanabe
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Jo_Murphy on 02/28/2014

Serene compositions, thanks again for the introduction, Jo

DerdriuMarriner on 01/23/2014

jptanabe, Rosina's art is enchanting, with lovely use of color and such adorable kittycats.

MaggiePowell on 12/22/2013

Wow! Thank you for introducing me to Rosina Wachtmeister. I love the color and light. So beautiful. My daughter plays flute, and I know she'd want one of the flute prints.

jptanabe on 12/13/2013

Yes, her work is beautiful. I love the colors she uses.

JoHarrington on 12/13/2013

Those are really beautiful pieces of art. I'd not encountered this artist before.

VioletteRose on 12/09/2013

Beautiful and colorful art, love the paintings!

jptanabe on 12/02/2013

Thanks. Yes, i'd love one of her umbrellas.

jptanabe on 12/02/2013


cmoneyspinner on 12/01/2013

Shared via Pinterest. Fabulous artwork!

WriterArtist on 12/01/2013

Love the artist's work, the colours are vibrant and the paintings show her love for cats.

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