Arts Everyday Living: Artist as Animal Whisperer—The Art of Cat Napping

 

THE ART OF CAT NAPPING

I was in the mood for a cat painting and after a considerable search, I found the appealing The Hard Word by Swiss artist Jacques-Laurent Agasse (1767-1849). Biographical details on Agasse are scare.  Although his main education was in art, he also attended veterinarian school in Paris. Then Agasse spent several years in England, where he depicted domestic animals as well as a menagerie of then exotic zebras, giraffes, alpacas, among others.

However, I prefer the napping companion of the studious boy, trying to master his lessons. He (or she) may be a standard household feline, but like all tabbies has the strength and bearing of a miniature tiger.

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Jacque Laurent Agasse, The Hard Word, 1810-1821, oil, Private Collection

Jacque Laurent Agasse, The Hard Word, 1810-1821, oil, Private Collection

 

The above image is used solely for educational purposes.

 

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