This is the first of a series of posts on the art of Paul Gauguin.
Image credit The Athenaeum, Study of Cats and a Head, Paul Gauguin, ca 1890s, watercolor on paper, 8" x 11", held in a private collection.
And a better image, this time of a good kitty, just laying there, evidently quite happy to be part of a family.
Bugler notes that cats were a frequent part of Gauguin's paintings:
His work is laden with mystical symbolism, but it is not certain that he intended his cats to hold any particular significance beyond conveying a sense of the reassuringly familiar.
I've featured 3 of Gauguin's works here previously: Eiaha Ohipa, Nativity, and Where Do We Come From? I agree with Bugler that there seems not to be any hidden meanings in Gauguin's cats, just painting a reassuring object into an image.
[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!]