Sunday, November 6, 2011

Cats in Art: Cats Fighting in a Larder (de Vos)

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 The Prado's on-line image gallery, here.  Paul de Vos, Cats Fighting in a Larder, 1663, oil on canvas, 45" x 67", held by The Prado, Madrid, Spain.  

Zuffi calls this painting "Cats in a Larder," omitting the word "fighting," and comments:

De Vos' cats are truly wild! One after the other, they fling themselves from the small window of a pantry and roll around unceremoniously, in poses that seem incompatible with the usual feline dignity and composure.

But every cat needs to get its freak on occasionally.

 

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