Neither I nor my dogs and cats were compensated in any way for this post. We were given an advance copy of the book to review. All opinions are mine, although the dogs and cats may have provided some commentary as I wrote.
Not only are my creative pets poets, crafting Haiku by Cat and Haiku by Dog, they are also fans of the visual arts, sometimes showing their appreciation of the great works by recreating them in their own fashion.
Like Athena here, channeling her inner odalisque.
Or Calvin as gargoyle.
Of course, I’m a fan of the arts as well, and often write about topics that are near and dear to my my heart: dogs or cats (or both) and art. For example, I was thrilled to get a behind-the-scenes tour of The Dog Show, an art exhibition at the Morris Museum here in New Jersey, and my geek side was totally engaged by the Chrome extension that replaces the boring old tab with cat-related images from New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Fat Cat Art is now available in book form
It should be no surprise that I leapt at the opportunity to get a sneak peak at Fat Cat Art: Famous Masterpieces Improved by a Ginger Cat with Attitude, a book by Svetlana Petrova and her ginger tabby Zarathustra, in which the rather rotund kitty is artfully added to some of the most famous paintings, etchings, sculptures and other familiar works you’d find hanging in the Met, the Louvre or the Hermitage.
The works (which can also be found on their website Fat Cat Art) are collaborations between Svetlana and Zarathustra, who loves the attention, and enjoys being a model and a muse. As would be true of any exhibition cat-alog (I dare anyone not to appreciate that purr-fect pun) each piece is accompanied by text offering context and hiss-tory.
A Sniff Inside Fat Cat Art
Here are some of my favorites:
I’ve always loved impressionist art, and would love to dive into any of Claude Monet’s water lily paintings. (It’s a goal of mine to visit his garden in France.) Here Zarathustra gets into the picture; he’s one cool cat.
Cats melt, bend and pour. Thus they seem purr-fectly at home in a Salvador Dali painting.
So much mystery surrounds the smile on the face of Leonardo DaVinci’s Mona Lisa. I think we’re ready for the truth; who wouldn’t smile like that if you had a purring cat on your lap?
The book goes on sale this Tuesday. It would make a great gift for any of your art- and cat-loving friends.
Want to know more? Read my exclusive interview with Zarathustra.
Win a copy of Fat Cat Art book or one of Svetlana and Zarathustra’s Fat Cat Prints
Svetlana and Zarathustra have generously offered to provide two books and two prints to four lucky winners.
The prints are either the Mona Lisa shown above or the ever-popular American Gothic:
Congratulations to the winners!
- Book: Sierra K., Megan C.
- American Gothic print: Paul G.
- Mona Lisa print: Angelika A.
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