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A Meow-Centric Look at Painting, Prints and More
Cat lovers rejoice as we show feline appreciation on National Hug Your Cat Day by celebrating cat art. Cat artworks span thousands of years and over the centuries have come in all forms including painting, sculpture and prints. From the slinky Art Nouveau depictions to whimsical abstractions to scary and stalkerish kitties, cats are as inspiring as any other subject and deserve a bit of tribute. Enjoy!
Show your appreciation for your pet (cat or otherwise) with our Paint Your Pets resource collection. You’ll discover how to create watercolor animal portraits, how to draw more than 50 different animals, and of course how to draw your favorite cat!
Mid-Century Modern Cat
Cats were especially attractive to mid-century Modernists such as Charley and Edie Harper and Inagaki Tomoo. The feline’s quintessential character traits and exquisite form have been depicted using a variety of painting, printmaking and sculpting techniques into compelling, colorful works of art.
Ancient Cat Art
Cat art that spans thousands of years? It’s true. Cats were even affiliated with the divine, most strikingly in the art of Ancient Egypt. Cats, lions, and other feline creatures play pivotal roles in Egyptian mythology, kingship, and everyday life.
If you are ever in Brooklyn, New York be sure to check out the Brooklyn Museum’s world-famous Egyptian collection, which includes at least 80 different representations of cats.
Big name artists flock to the feline for inspiration and have done so for several centuries. Durer, Rembrandt and Goya among others have all put their hand to capturing the cat in all its permutations.
In Albrecht Dürer’s Adam and Eve a sly and stalking cat is caught in the moments before it springs on a mouse. Rembrandt van Rijn’s Virgin and Child with a Cat and Snake shows a quiet and cozy domestic moment.
Francisco Goya produced a much more sinister cat in his dark artwork, The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters. John Sloan depicts a tenement situation in A Woman’s Page, featuring a completely different type of cat.