Top 10 Cats in Classical Paintings

Who doesn’t love art? Who doesn’t love cats? Both are wonderful so why not put them together? That’s why we’ve decided to put together 10 of the most wonderful paintings features cats from around the world.

If you’re a lover of cats and art then you’ll love this list of beautiful paintings that feature our feline friends as stars of the pieces. Have a favorite? Be sure to leave us a comment below.

1. “Black and Red” by John White Alexander

What I love most about this painting is the fact that it’s endlessly relatable. I, too, spend my afternoons lounging in a red gown, a black cat sitting at my feet.

2. “Girl with Cat” by Albert Anker

I especially love this artwork because it beautifully portrays the fact that, in 138 years, cats haven’t changed a bit as you can tell by this cat’s facial expression.

3. “The Favorite” by Federico Andreotti

Another wonderful example of cats not changing a bit over the past centuries, same applying to cat owners. We’ve all been there.

4. “Une jeune fille et une blanc chat” by Antoine Jean Bail

This painting just perfectly captures the essence of a loving cat owner and thoroughly disinterested cat.

5. “A Rival Attraction” by Charles Burton Barber

An adorable playful kitten and a cute little girl. This painting has a calm aura that just fills one with peace.

6. “In the boudoir” by Lucius Rossi

The dream, really. Lavish dresses, red heels and a cute black cat right there to shed fur all over that white dress.

7. “Playful Kittens” by Sidney Lawrence Brackett

The artist actually has quite a few paintings of cats to his name but this one’s my personal favorite just for the silliness and playful nature it conveys.

8. “Girl with a Kitten” by Jean Baptiste Perronneau

Again, I love to study the priceless facial expressions of the cats in these paintings, contrasting so wildly with the expressions of the people accompanying them.

9. “Expectations” by William Banks Fortescue

I love this painting in particular because as I look at it, I feel transported to the kitchen with the cats expecting a treat and the flowers on the windowsill. I can near-feel the warmth of the oven.

10. “The deceitfulness of riches” by Eleanor Fortescue Brickdale

See, if you can spot the cat in this painting by yourself. Found it? No? Look closely under the woman’s chin to spot an adorable sleeping kitten. This painting certainly speaks volumes in many other ways but I chose to highlight it for this list simply because of the adorable-beyond-words kitten.

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