Monday, July 11, 2011

Cats in Art: Sleeping Girl With a Cat (Renoir)


NOTE: Blogger's software was hosed on Sunday, so here is what should have posted.

From my continuing weekly Sunday series of cats in art. I'm using some ideas from the coffee table book, The Cat in Art, by Stefano Zuffi.

Image credit hereSleeping Girl With a Cat, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1880, 120 x 94 cm, oil\ on canvas. 

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Renoir also included cats in several paintings, perhaps the best-known being Girl with a Cat. Renoir's cats were always pleasant, contented felines. To share their warmth, he often nursed one of the many cats that lived around his house. Occasionally, the Institute Pasteur in Paris, checking the authenticity of Renoir's paintings, has found cat hairs in the paint, which helps date the paintings.

Both the girl and the cat are the epitome of contentment.  Sorta like me after a long trail run.



  1. i have seen this painting in person and believe it is the best painted cat I've ever seen.

    1. I am SO jealous! I agree that this is indeed one of the best painted cats ever.

      Thanks for stopping by.

      Gary, blog owner