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-thescenes 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.
THESE PHOTOS REVEAL THE ARTIST’S TRUE SPIRIT ANIMAL, FROM SALVADOR DALÍ’S OCELOT TO GEORGIA O’KEEFFE’S SIAMESE.
Since the ancient Egyptians dedicated a religious sect to the cat goddess Bastet and made elaborate temples in her honor, artists around the world have paid worshipful homage to the feline form.Artists and Their Cats, just out from Chronicle Books, compiles photographs of the 21st century’s greatest creative minds and their feline muses. The photos shine a spotlight on more than 50 of these deep artist-cat bonds, including shots of the dozens of cats living in Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s studio; muppet master Jim Henson’s Siamese kitty George Washington; and Salvador Dalí’s pet ocelot, Babou.
The photos confirm suspicions that the cat is the ultimate spirit animal of artists