Cats In Art
This article will feature cats that have been the subject of paintings, movies, sculpture and more artwork over the ages.
This article will feature cats that have been the subject of various types of contemporary artwork. I have had cats all my life and they are so graceful and beautiful. I am not the only one who has thought so. There are many artists who have specialized in cats such as Hans Silvester, Laurel Burch, Adam Thomas Rees and others. The artist Theophile Alexandre Steinlen, a Frenchman who was a painter and printmaker, produced a series of cat art called Sans Perole displaying his fondness for the feline. I hope you enjoy some of the art products I have chosen to feature here. Over time there will be more coming, stay tuned.
Gifting a cat-lover a piece of cat art is a great idea. I know that I would appreciate any cat-related art piece myself.
Have You Heard of the Cat Goddess Bast?
In Egyptian tombs there are many mummified remains of cats. The Sun God Ra was a cat. The suns rays were seen to come from the cat Ra. The Egyptians also wore amulets in the form of cats. There were two other cat goddesses 1) Sekhmet represented the savage heat of the desert sun. and 2) Bastet was a gentle cat goddess who nurtured crops and life. Bastet had some nicknames which were Bast and Pasht. Music, dance and sex or fertility were associated with Bast. She has a temple named Bubastis meaning the house of Bast at the delta of the Nile River. The well known cat sculpture is the Sphinx which guards tombs in Egypt.
Immitating the Goddess Bast
Henriette Ronner-Knip was a Dutch Painter that Specialized in Cats
Japanese Artist Kuniyoshi Utagawa
From His Series Cats for the Fifty-three Stations of Tokaido
Watch Adam Thomas Rees Creating a Cat Sculpture
Cats Represent Guards and Good Fortune
If you treat a cat right they will return many favors to you. In Japan they use a "Happy Cat" or a beckoning cat as feng shui to bring good luck. These type of figurines are named Maneki-neko. This talisman, or lucky charm, is often put near the cash register in restaurants or stores to attract good business. This cat is also popular in China where it is known as a lucky cat.
I'm sure that you are familiar with Laurel's work.
I'm sure that you are familiar with her work.
Laurel Burch Specialized in Cat Art
Laurel Burch was born in Southern California and later relocated to the Bay Area of California. Her maiden name was Laurel Anne Harte. She was married for a time to Robert Burch and she had two kids. She divorced by age 20.
She first made her art sculptures of cats using junkyard scraps. Later she started painting and making jewelry. At one point she met a man named Shashi Singapuri who backed her financially for a time. Laurel died at age 61 in 2007.
Movies Are Also a Form of Art
Did you see any of the Puss-in-Boots movies with Antonio Banderes? They would make a perfect gift for any cat-lover this year. I enjoyed his movies immensely.
Cats Featured on Zazzle Art Items
Valentine or Love Themes
Cat Photography by Hans Silvester
Hans Silvester Focused on Cat Photography in the Aegean Sea Islands
Hans Silvester made his living as a travel photographer. Two of his best-selling books or calendars of photography are The Complete Cats in the Sun, and The Mediteranean Cat.
Paul Klee Had a Cat Named Bimbo
Klee included cats in many of this art pieces. His style included elements of surrealism, orientalism, expressionism, and cubism.
By The Famous Modern Artist Paul Klee
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