12 November, 2015
Artists and their cats by Alison Nastasi
The artists cover a wide range of fields, nationalities, and periods. Andy Warhol had 25 cats all named ‘Sam’ and one ‘Blue Pussy’. Frida Kahlo who lived with a menagerie of animals, among them monkeys, a deer and hairless dogs and cats, and Salvador Dali who had an ocelot named Babou as a pet; it travelled extensively with him and had a great life. While in New York Babou slept in an empty television set.
Then there is John Lennon & Yoko Ono, both of whom apparently adored cats. John’s first cat was called Elvis, then they discovered it was female. The photograph is of John & Yoko as we typically know them, except John has a black cat in his arms.
Henri Matisse was another artist who loved cats, and he included some of them in his work (“Girl with a black cat”). Near the end of his life he lived with his pets at the Hotel Regina in Nice, where he continued to work from his bed. The photograph shows him in this way, with a cat on the end of his bed.
This is an entertaining little book that is great to pick up and delve into, you find out many things about the artists. We typically know them only from their work, but this shows another side to their lives and personalities.
Title: Artists and their cats
Author: Alison Nastasi
Recommended by Ana, Central Library
Ana enjoys reading and listening to music, travelling and many other things. She reads fiction, non-fiction and from genres, crime: the Scandinavian crime writers, Patricia Highsmith and some others.