Wadsworth Atheneum

ARTISTS AND THEIR CATS

Every artist needs a muse, and every cat needs a human...to rule over. The universe could potentially implode if these fundamental laws were broken, which may explain why creative personalities throughout history have kept cats as companions.

Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Frida Kahlo . . . so many great artists have shared one very special love: the companionship of cats. Gathered here for the first time are behind-the-scenes stories of more than 50 famous artists and their feline friends.

From Salvador Dali's pet ocelot Babou to John Lennon and Yoko Ono's menagerie of cats, including Salt (who was black) and Pepper (who was white), Artists and Their Cats captures these endearing friendships in charming photographs and engaging text, and reveals what creative souls and the animals best known for their independent spirits have in common.

In this clever compilation, art aficionados will discover a softer side of their favorite artists, and cat lovers will enjoy a whole new way to celebrate their favorite furry friends.

Details: By Alison Nastasi
published 2015, 112 pages, hardcover

 

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