Sunday, February 5, 2012

Cats in Art: The Son of Francois Thomas de Baculard d'Arnaud (Greuze)

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


Image credit here. The Son of Francois Thomas de Baculard d'Arnaud, Jean-Baptiste Greuze, 1776, oil on canvas, held by Musee des Beaux-Arts, Troyes, France.

Zuffi's analysis:
This boy, his hair and clothes in the style that was fashionable at the time, is portrayed by the French artist holding a kitten in his arms, in keeping with the new trend that had emerged in 18th century English painting.
 
 
The cat is obviously quite annoyed and undoubtedly detonated soon after this image was captured.
 
 

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