Drawing Cats, Past and Present

The Cincinnati Art Museum is currently hosting a suite of exhibitions celebrating feline art spanning thousands of years.

Modern Cat” brings together 20 prints from the Cincinnati Art Museum’s collection, dating from about 1890 to 1980. The works reveal cats ranging from a slinky Art Nouveau color lithograph by Théophile Steinlen to the whimsical abstraction of Joan Miró. Cats were especially attractive to mid-century Modernists such as Charley and Edie Harper and Inagaki Tomoo. The feline’s quintessential character traits and exquisite form are depicted using a variety of printmaking techniques into compelling, colorful works of art.

Also on display is “Master Cat,” a selection of master prints and drawings spanning several centuries from artists such as Durer, Rembrandt and Goya. Meanwhile “Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt” explores the role of cats, lions, and other feline creatures in Egyptian mythology, kingship, and everyday life through approximately 80 different representations of cats from the Brooklyn Museum’s world-famous Egyptian collection.

Source: Exhibition of the Month: Drawing Cats, Past and Present – Artist’s Network