The bride and I just returned from a wonderful vacation in France this fall where we were privileged to see both the Louvre and Orsay Museums. Of the two, the Orsay was much better--less crowded, could get closer to the paintings, more cats.
Image credit The Athenaeum, The Fruit and Vegetable Seller, Louise Moillon, 1630, oil on canvas, 47" x 66", held by The Louvre, Paris, France.
And the kitty close-up:
Again the bride and I did not lay eyes on this actual painting. This poor kitty would love to have been "owned" by say a fish or meat seller....but no, the mistress had to sell veggies and fruits. Not a very thrilling lifestyle, but obviously the cat got something out of the deal.
The contrast between the women is striking: the higher society purchaser on the left, as evidenced by her fine clothing, and the common woman fruit and vegetable seller to the right. No eye contact, just a transaction. But the seller has the kitty, so she is the winner.
[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!]