Thursday, February 17, 2011

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Today is the feast of the Cat

Perhaps not many of you know that today is Feb. 17 National Day of the Cat in 1990. The time is not random because it is the sign of Aquarius, the sign-conformist par excellence, and 17 well it is not necessary to explain what symbolizes.
And I want to put here pictures, poems and more that are based upon His Majesty the Cat.
Gattola Well, you're ready:




Cat and Bird by Paul Klee


Cat sacred Paul Klee


Portrait with Cat Ernst Kirchner


Black Cat Ernst Kirchner



Cat on a yellow cushion by Franz Marc, 1912


Girl with Cat II by Franz Marc, 1912


Two cats, blue and yellow Franz Marc, 1912


cats struggle of Francisco de Goya


Portrait of Don Manuel Osorio Manrique de Zuniga by Francisco de Goya , 1787 ca .


detail of the previous framework


Angora cat Jean Jacques Bacilieri


Mimi and her cat Paul Gauguin, 1890


Girl sleeping with a cat Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1880


cat sleeping Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Woman with Cat Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1875


Girl and cat by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Portrait sig.na of Julie Manet with cat Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1887


Woman with Cat (probable Allegory of Music) Hans Baldung, 1529


Angora Arthur Heyer


rays of Jean-Baptiste Siméon Chardin, 1728



Studies of cat Wake Henriette Ronner-Knip-




Unknown real name, given name: APROL Douner Henriette Ronner-Knip-




Cat by Henriette Ronner-Knip-


Painting Lessons Henriette Ronner-Knip


Woman with Cat, Lilla Cabot Perry


And do not forget the importance that Mr Gatto had in History and Mythology.
obviously starting from Bastet the cat goddess Egyptian



(statue from the Louvre Museum, photo not mine)

the mosaics of Pompeii and Roman :



and here in the painting by Nils Blommée while pulling the chariot of Freyja, Norse goddess of love as Bastet:



Passing by 'else in the world or the East and here we have cats prints and Chinese paintings:








and Japanese










And do not forget the Cat (Cheshire Cat or the original version), one of the most famous invention of cats here in the drawings by John Tenniel, 1865:



Here in version of Arthur Rackham:



Here in the painting by Sergey Tyukanov:



and revisited here in Nekobus (Bus-cat) of the film by Hayao Miyazaki Totoro :





Cat has also fascinated writers. In fact, it was said that if a cat bit her manuscript, it would have been a great success and the poet Charles Baudelaire considered essential to its presence when you had to write something

Come nice cat, come to my loving heart ;
hold your claws
that I sink into your beautiful eyes of agate and metal. When a leisurely
my fingers long
you Carezzana the head and back elastic
drunk and enjoys my hand to touch your body electric,
spirit I see in my woman
deep and cold as your , his gaze, amiable beast,
penetrates sharp like an arrow, and from head to foot

thin air, scent risky,
revolves around her brown body.

( Cat from Spleen and Ideal )
Other poems can be found in the this site.


And now I leave you with these quotes:

- God made the cat so that man may have had the pleasure to pet the tiger (Robertson Davies);
- It was clear from the outset that wherever there was work to do, the cat has disappeared (George Orwell);
- Cats, as a group, they never completely overcome the superiority complex due the fact that, in ancient Egypt were worshiped as gods (Pelham Grenville Wodehouse);
- Cats do not offer many opportunities. Try to abuse the trust of a cat for a couple of times and soon out of his life (Jeffrey Masson Moussaief)
- Rarely an animal, including man, manages to be faithful to himself as a cat (Moussaief Jeffrey Masson )
- My cat does what I want to do, but with less literature (Ennio Flaiano)
- The function of the cat is to be a modern totem, a kind of symbolic embodiment and protector of the hearth, a kind of reflection what are the tenants of the house (Muriel Barbery)
- It is said that Ulthar across the river Skai, you can not kill cats, and as I look at the beast curled up purring in front of the fireplace, I have no reason to doubt it. Enigmatic, the cat is similar to those strange things that man can not see. It is the spirit of ancient Egypt, the repository of the stories come to us from forgotten cities in Meroe and Ophir land. And relatives of the lords of the jungle, dark and fierce African heir. The Sphinx is his cousin, and he speaks his language, but the cat is older than the Sphinx, and remembers what she has forgotten (Howard Philips Lovecraft).


accept a cat is to accept his freedom, independence and as such is subject of prejudice as that which is to take advantage, but this is not true.

I leave you with this important conversation between two writers Jean-Jacques Rousseau and James Boswell:

Rousseau: "Do you like cats?".
Boswell: 'No'.
Rousseau: "I was sure. It is a sign of character. In this you have the human instinct of despotism. Men do not like cats because the cat is free and will never fit to be a slave. Do not do anything about your order, as do other animals. "
Boswell: "Not even a chicken obeying orders."
Rousseau: "I will obey, if you knew you to understand it. A cat will understand very well, but not obeyed "

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