Intimate Portraits of 50 Artists and Their Cats Compiled by Alison Nastasi

Although many have been considered an artist’s muse, none have served as repeatedly as the common feline. Often basking directly beside our world’s famous artists, cats have consistently served as creative companion and confidant. New from Chronicle Books is Artists and Their Cats, a collection of intimate portraits featuring many of the past century’s most recognizable artists and their feline counterparts.

Editor Alison Nastasi writes in the book’s introduction, “Many artists buck notions of a stereotypical temperament, but researchers have long speculated that creative individuals share common attributes—which mirror those of cats.” More than 50 pairs are highlighted throughout the book—cats perched on laps, desks, and even atop heads. Included in the cat compendium is everyone from Basquiat to Matisse with images of Picasso and Georgia O’Keeffe in-between. Salvador Dali himself graces the cover with cane and noted Colombian ocelot Babou. Artists and Their Cats is now available in the Colossal Shop.

Henri Matisse/ © Robert Capa / © International Center of Photography / Magnum Photos
Henri Matisse/ © Robert Capa / © International Center of Photography / Magnum Photos
Jean-Michel Basquiat and Cat/ James van der Zee / 1982
Jean-Michel Basquiat and Cat/ James van der Zee / 1982
John Cage/ Courtesy of the John Cage Trust
John Cage/ Courtesy of the John Cage Trust
Herbert Tobias / Photograph by Peter Fuerst; @ 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Herbert Tobias / Photograph by Peter Fuerst; @ 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Georgia O’Keeffe / Photograph by John Candelario / Courtesy Palace of the Governors Photo Archives
Georgia O’Keeffe / Photograph by John Candelario / Courtesy Palace of the Governors Photo Archives
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 1 / © 2014 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Andy Warhol 1 / © 2014 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Maya Lin / © Michael Katakis / The British Library
Maya Lin / © Michael Katakis / The British Library
Artists and Their Cats from Chronicle Books, edited by Alison Nastasi
Artists and Their Cats from Chronicle Books, edited by Alison Nastasi

(Via: Colossal)

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