Sunday, October 31, 2010

Cats in Art: The Cat's Dancing Lesson

Continuing my Sunday tradition of Cats in Art.

Photo credit and text credit here.

Portraying a lively domestic scene, Dutch artist Jan Steen painted The Cat's Dancing Lesson. It's difficult to tell whether the cat is as amused by the experience as the humans around him. Although a few cats will do anything for attention, most of us would find this very undignified behavior.

[17th century, Jan Steen, The Cat's Dancing Lesson (detail), oil on panel]

As with my post last week, I interpret the cat as decidedly negative about the whole affair.


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