Sunday, January 19, 2014

Cats in Art: Girl With Cat (Marc)

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.

This is my sixth post on Franz Marc (1880-1916), a key German painter whose life tragically ended early on the Western Front in 1916. This will be a multi-week series (I am still uncovering his cat works).

Image credit The Atheneum, hereGirl With Cat, Franz Marc, 1910, oil on canvas, 16" x 12", held by Kunstmuseum in der Alten Post  (Germany).
This somewhat gauzy image seems to project a warm, fuzzy love between the woman and her cat.  The relaxed kitty (that I somehow feel is female), on her back with her chest being rubbed, is enjoying the moment being snuggled by her human...although the curled tail and the poised back legs do hint at the possibility of a breakout if the petting session doesn't proceed exactly as desired.
Again, as we've seen with Marc before: simple, bold colors; emotions authentically portrayed; and realistic kitties that could only be captured by a cat lover.

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