Series - Cats in Art

I gather here, works including or representing cats, without chronology, just works that I like or surprise me.

Pierre Bonnard, The Demanding Cat, 1912. This is what my grandfather, Aimé Maeght, said about Bonnard: "For me, Bonnard is 'the' painter. In the long discussions I had with him, he was the one who was at the base of my evolution and the opening of my mind to living art. Without Bonnard, I might have continued like the other dealers. Bonnard arrived at the moment in my life when I wanted to make that great leap into modern art and it was he, first of all through his painting and through the many thoughts and discussions we had together, who made me understand what modern art could be."

He will always surprise us with his freedom, his technicality, his subjects, his modernity and of course his genius for composition. We can understand that the subject, as he said, did not interest him, that it is only a pretext for the composition, for the balance of the composition. Who is this? Pierre Bonnard, of course! No of a dog (or cat), how beautiful... Pierre Bonnard, Cats playing, 1904.

Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002), Cat Vase, 1986

Francisco de Goya, "Catfight", 1786

Eugène Delacroix, for the cat lovers, I found this little marvel so funny ! A cat writing with a brush the date, 1831.

Henriëtte Ronner, Cat, painted around 1878.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Cat, 1882.

Théophile Alexandre Steinlen, Summer, Cat On A Railing, 1909.
Unavoidable Saul Steinberg and his cats which often made the cover of the NewYorker! He used to exhibit at my grandfather's house. Very inspiring for Sempé. All the humor of Saul Steinberg.

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, The Artiste, 1910.
Franz Marc, The  white cat, 1912.

"Pierrot and the cat", 1889, Théophile Alexandre Steinlen. 

Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen 1859 - 1923.

This curiosity, "Young woman with a cat" because signed by two artists: Léonard Tsuguharu Foujita AND Kees van Dongen, 1929.

Tsuguharu Foujita, White Cat, Red Background, 1926. Or should I say Leonard Foujita, since in 1959 he converted to Catholicism and took the baptismal name of Leonard, in honor of Blessed Leonard Kimura, one of the martyrs of Japan. The name also evokes his love for the art of Leonardo da Vinci. What an artist and what a personality: fantastic, audacious, out of the ordinary, eccentric...

Léonard Foujita, Designer cat, 1927.

Marc Chagall, The Fables of La Fontaine - The Cat and the Two Sparrows (1927-1930).

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, "Young girl with a cat" of 1876.
For my cats series, this little marvel, painted in 1901, by an artist of just 20 years old, yet what maturity, what freedom! Oh yes, I forgot, his name is Picasso, of course. A masterpiece !

Pablo Picasso, Cat devouring a bird, 1939.

 Picasso, "Wounded Bird and Cat", 1939.

Pablo Picasso, Study of a cat, 1946.

Pierre Alechinsky, The cat and the rooster, 1946.
"The cat and the bird" by Jacques Prévert
A village listens desolate
 the song of a wounded bird
 It is the only bird of the village
 And it is the only cat in the village
 Who has half eaten it
 And the bird stops singing
 And the cat stops purring
 And licking its nose
 And the village gives the bird
 A wonderful funeral
 And the cat who is invited
 Walks behind the little straw coffin
 Where the dead bird lies
 Carried by a little girl
 Who won't stop crying
 If I had known it would cause you so much pain
 Said the cat
 I would have eaten it all
 And then I would have told you
 That I had seen it fly away
 Flying to the end of the world
 Where it's so far away
 That you never come back
 You would have had less sorrow
 Just sadness and regrets
 You should never do things by halves

Collage by Jacques Prévert. Here is the alley of Saint-Paul that goes up to the church, as I knew it, minus the characters pasted by Prévert, of course. On the right, it was an antique store, on the left, a marvelous woman was making mohair shawls in color assortments that would make Yves Saint Laurent swoon. In the evening, when the beautiful customers of the Colombe d'Or were shivering, Titine Roux would send the kids to buy the frothy wools. We would walk around, Molière 500 franc bills in hand, proud to have to choose the shades that would best match the jewels of the South American women and the silks of Balenciaga.

In the series of cats in the history of art, one of my favorites of the 20th century, Francis Picabia, 1953. He knew how to do everything ! Francis Picabia, Cat, 1953.

Francis Picabia, The cat, 1938.

Andy Warhol, "Sam" A pink cat (circa 1954)

Cats by Utagawa Kuniyoshi, one raises the right paw, it brings luck.

Jean Cocteau, Cat, 1959.

Joan Miró, The litle cat, 1951.

Miró, Woman and Cat, 1959.

Karel Appel, The Circus Suite, The Clown Cat, 1978.

Kazuaki Horitomo is a Japanese artist and tattooist who practices his talents in California. ... On one side, the traditional Japanese tattoo, on the other side the cat figure. Mix the two, sprinkle a touch of ukiyo-e (Japanese print art) and you get original traditional cat tattoos.

The Chinese, Walasse Ting whose name means Flower Thief painted, in his most fertile period, after his abstract experiments, cats of all colors...

Walasse Ting, "Blue Cats, Yellow Eyes", (1929 - 2010)

A flaming cat by Walasse Ting.

Among the artists of the CoBrA movement, do not forget Corneille. Painter of color, of women and often of cats. Corneille, "Games between cat and bird," 1994.

Corneille, China Suite IV, 2004.

For my cat series, here is one that seems to be in a bad mood, painted by Aki Kuroda in 2004.

Aki Kuroda, "Love" (cat), 2019.

Alberto Giacometti, cat

Diego Giacometti "Le Chat maître d'hôtel"

Théophile Alexandre Steinlen, Chat abyssin assis, between 1859 and 1923, bronze

Paul Klee, "Cat and Bird", 1928.

Here the bird seems to be flying not in front of the cat's forehead, but inside it, literally in its mind. Klee focuses on thought. One of his goals as an artist was to "make secret visions visible". I love the heart for the nose.

Hiro Ando, Samouraï Cat (1997)

The streets of Tokyo and the world of Manga inspire Japanese artist Hiro Ando who emerged in 1995 as an illustrator and then as an artist with various media, painting, digital, sculpture and video.
While his paintings depict the urban landscape of Japan, Ando is known for his resin, bronze and porcelain cats such as "Sumocat", "Big Samurai" and "Robocat" sometimes covered with diamonds, traditional Japanese motifs or bright colors.
Ando's various incarnations of cats present a contemporary twist to the maneki-neko, the famous lucky cat.

A creation of Studio Job, Cat Fight, 2014. Based in Antwerp, Studio Job, is a creative duo founded over a decade ago by Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel. Their bronze works often described as "neo-gothic," are fun without being kitschy.
And there you have it!