What We’re Obsessed With: Meowsterpieces of Modern Art


What if some of the masters of 20th-century art had cats as their muses? Artists such as Vincent Van Gogh, Henri Matisse, Giorgio de Chirico, and Rene Magritte? Feline themes would certainly dominate their work — and we bet their paintings and sculptures would be worth even more than they already are. Imagine it: So many of the artistic movements that drove North American and European aesthetics in the 1900s — Impressionism, Cubism, Surrealism — would be all about our furry pals.

Thanks to a website called Cat Gallery, you don’t have to imagine it. You can see it.

One of the impressive images we found on the site depicts a cat as rendered by de Chirico, an influential Dadaist and Surrealist.

It’s reminiscent of de Chirico’s Troubadour (which you can see below) in color and composition. Whoever painted it faithfully re-creates the original’s dark and slightly troubling themes, while also being really funny.

Three more from the site are below. The image on the left is a feline parody of one of Matisse’s best-known works, Red Fish. (In this case, a mischievous kitty is about to have a red-fish-flavored snack.) The image in the center puts an orange tabby into Van Gogh’s Starry Night. And as best we can tell, the work on the right is an adaptation of Magritte’s The Domain of Arnheim, which has a nest of eggs on the wall instead of a sleeping cat, and a watchful bird emerging from a mountain range in the distance. (Birds — meh!)

Who made this site? We can’t tell. It’s in Italian, but even when run through a translation program it still contains very little information. It makes sense that it’s from Italy, though. Rome, after all, has a law stating that if a cat is born on your property, it has a right to live there.

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