Sunday, September 1, 2013

Cats in Art: Marcella (Kirchner)

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 hereMarcella, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, 1910, oil on canvas, 39" x 30", held by Brucke Museum, Berlin, Germany.

Zuffi tells us:

Marcella is huddled on a divan, in a solitude that is emphasized by the liquor bottles on the table; her wide eyes gaze into the distance..  Almost in the same pose, and on the same divan, is a white cat; but unlike the girl, the cat is sleeping soundly.  In the apparent similarity between the poses, Kirchner appears to want to stress their opposing attitudes: the pensive anxiety of Marcella, and the peaceful, almost philosophical abandon of the cat.

Me, I just know that cats like to be with you while pretending they are not actually with you.



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