This is third of several posts on the art of Marguerite Gerard.
Image credit Wallraf-Richartz Museum & Foundation Corboud, The Angora Cat, Marguerite Gerard, 1783, oil on canvas, 26" x 22", held by Wallraf-Richartz Museum & Foundation Corboud.
And the kitty close-up:
Bugler tells us:
The Angora Cat, painted in collaboration with Jean-Honore Fragonard, shows a cat baffled by its reflection in a convex mirror.
And the museum website tells us:
In the centre of the painting is a curious scene: evidently a black cloth has just been taken off the silver globe. An Angora cat has discovered her reflection and may have decided it is a rival. The globe also reflects what is going on behind us, so to speak: a woman is sitting at an easel in a small room with two other people.
While this is a pretty cool painting, I personally think the whole concept of cats and mirrors is overblown. None of our kitties ever seemed to perceive the cat in the mirror, much less react to the "intruder." That said, the concept of this painting is rather cool, where the reflective globe shows the viewer what else is going on in the room.
[Gary note: With my Cats in Arts posts, I encourage you to scope out the art appreciation site Artsy (I have no financial interest in the site, I just like it), where you can explore many aspects of the world of art. You'll certainly be entertained and enlightened!]