People have been obsessed with cats for a very long time. Before the Internet was flooding with cute cat videos and laughable memes, many cats were featured in artists’ work. Below you will find a few works of art that any cat lover would love to have displayed on their walls.
This captivating painting is often associated with Dogs Playing Poker due to the anthropomorphization that is present. However, Abraham Teniers’ painting beats its canine counterpart by 400 years. Teniers was a Belgium painter and engraver who was known for painting villages, inns, and monkey scenes. In this painting he still features monkeys, but I think the cats are the subject who really steal the show. The scene itself is quite bizarre as the monkeys help groom and pamper the cats.
Out of all of the other works of art, Le Chat Noir is arguably the most recognizable. Chances are, you have gone to a friend’s house and saw a poster of this hanging on the wall. The piece was created by Art Nouveau painter and printmaker Théophile Steinlen. Steinlen was hired to create the poster for Le Chat Noir a nineteenth-century bohemian entertainment establishment based in the Montmartre district of Paris. Le Chat Noir is thought to be the very cabaret club where guests could have a drink and watch a show. Although the club no longer exists, the poster carries out its legacy as a representation of nineteenth-century Paris.
Renoir often featured cats in his paintings but this piece sticks out among the rest. Renoir was known for the extensive amount of time and energy he put into each piece of work. He would often make at least four preparatory drawings and try out several positions before forming the final composition.
The subject of the painting is Julie Manet the niece of Édouard Manet, a famous French modernist painter. Julie’s parents, Berthe Morisot and her husband Eugène Manet, were close friends with Renoir and admired many of his paintings. They commissioned Renoir to paint their daughter in 1880. Although it looks like Julie doesn’t share the same enthusiasm for Renoir’s paintings, we are glad he was able to capture such a sweet and innocent moment.
4. Cat on a Clothesline, Jeff Koons (1994-2001)
Jeff Koon’s art is nearly impossible to ignore. Mostly because his art pieces tend to be colorful and massive. You wouldn’t think it from a photo, but Cat on a Clothesline is absolutely gigantic. The sculpture’s measurements are 312.4 x 279.4 x 127 cm. Best of all, there isn’t just one sculpture. There are five different versions, each showcasing a different vibrant color palette.