The vase with flowers and the accusing look on the cat’s face;
I’m sensing an overly dramatic scene in…
Siamese Cats II, early 1960s
Oil and egg tempera on canvas
”Firmin-Girard enjoyed great popularity at the time the Impressionists were revolting against the highly detailed, academic style that he practiced. However, Firmin-Girard shared the Impressionists’ interest in painting modern life, especially scenes along the River Seine. In this work, Parisians enjoy a Sunday brasserie overlooking the river at Bas-Meudon southwest of Paris. At left, the artist depicted his daughter stroking an appreciative cat as her brother chats with their grandmother…” (from the accompanying tag)
An appreciative cat? I don’t think so… What I see, is a mean character, eyes narrowed, probably plotting its next attack; I can almost hear it hissing and growling at the dog across the street.
Marie-François Firmin-Girard (1838-1921)
Sunday at Bas-Meudon, 1884
Oil on canvas
June 9th, 2018
Not just any bookstore – a giant bookstore that occupies an entire block, and an independent one at that. With thousands upon thousands of new and used books, gifts with smart messages and a great coffee shop. Also, someone in there is a cat lover, which automatically elevates it to my top favourite places in Portland.
Powell’s City of Books, Portland, OR
June 8th, 2018
Day after Thanksgiving.
April 5th, 2018
Scotty the Bear (x2) and Cuddly the Cat, at a flower shop window.
Somewhere in Midtown.
May 7th, 2017
Su-Mei Tse (b. 1973) in collaboration with Jean-Lou Majerus
Sound for Insomniacs, 2007
5 Lambda digital prints on semi-glossy photo paper, two stools with integrated MP3 players, screens, and headphones.
For Su-Mei Tse, photographs alone are not enough to capture a cat’s unique personality. Here she presents large close-ups of five different cats, each with an expressive presence similar to traditional painted portraits, along with recordings of each cat purring.
Because every cat’s purr is unique but they all sooth, relax and may act as natural sleeping pills. Works for me, anytime!
May 4th, 2017
Society of Illustrators
February 11th, 2017
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