Portraits of Famous Artists and Their Cats

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What do Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, and Frida Kahlo have in common? All three are counted among the most famous artists in history, and all three were cat lovers.

For her new book Artists and Their Cats, artist Alison Nastasi has put together a collection of portraits showing some of history’s best-known artists and their beloved cat companions.

“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,” the book’s description says.

Salvador Dali. World Telegram & Sun photo by Roger Higgins; image courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Salvador Dali. World Telegram & Sun photo by Roger Higgins; image courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Henri Matisse. © Robert Capa © International Center of Photography/Magnum Photos.

Henri Matisse. © Robert Capa © International Center of Photography/Magnum Photos.

Wanda Gag. Photographer unknown; photo used by permission of the Minnesota Historical Society.

Wanda Gag. Photographer unknown; photo used by permission of the Minnesota Historical Society.

Philip Burne Jones. Photo by Bain News Service, no date listed; image courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Philip Burne Jones. Photo by Bain News Service, no date listed; image courtesy of the Library of Congress.

John Cage. Courtesy of the John Cage Trust.

John Cage. Courtesy of the John Cage Trust.

Florence Henri. Courtesy Archive Florence Henri/Martini & Ronchetti, Genoa.

Florence Henri. Courtesy Archive Florence Henri/Martini & Ronchetti, Genoa.

Edward Gorey. Photo by Eleanor Garvey; used by permission.

Edward Gorey. Photo by Eleanor Garvey; used by permission.

Arthur Rackham. Image courtesy of the Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University.

Arthur Rackham. Image courtesy of the Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University.

Pablo Picasso. Photograph by Carlos Nadal, 1960; © Estate of Pablo Picasso. Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Pablo Picasso. Photograph by Carlos Nadal, 1960; © Estate of Pablo Picasso. Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Andy Warhol. © 2014 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Andy Warhol. © 2014 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Georgia O'Keeffe. Photograph by John Candelario. Courtesy Palace of the Governors Photo Archives (NMHM/DCA), 165660.

Georgia O’Keeffe. Photograph by John Candelario. Courtesy Palace of the Governors Photo Archives (NMHM/DCA), 165660.

Artists and Their Cats is published by Chronicle Books and contains more than 50 portraits and behind-the-scenes stories of artists and their pet cats. You can find the 112-page hardcover book over on Amazon for $13.

Artists and Their Cats [Amazon via Colossal]


Image credits: All photos from Artists and Their Cats by Alison Nastasi. Published by Chronicle Books, 2015.

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