Anyone who loves cats is brilliant! In this article we will talk about 5 very famous painters who loved their cats.

Cats having a solitary, independent, original and instinctive nature have always been excellent inspirational companions of our artists: painters, sculptors, poets and artists of all kinds. They recognized themselves in the cat and drew great inspiration from it.
Sinuous and elegant, cats have always been protagonists of art ... And great friends of artists.

The cat quickly goes from a lovable and calm being or an instinctive, wild and indomitable animal and the artists reflected in their nature.

Furthermore, the cat has always adapted perfectly to the different environments that surrounded it, from rural realities to comfortable and elegant apartments, being able to accompany the artists in every situation.

The cat has conquered a role of considerable importance in art with its mysterious personality. The presence of the cat in the paintings is full of symbolic meanings that result from a parallel reading through fabulous works and paintings.

The first cats represented in painting date back to ancient Egypt, portrayed in the guise of a deity.

Leonardo da Vinci dedicated to him studies in which he depicts him in the fight, in personal cleaning, in play and in hunting and called them "masterpiece".



Each artist has developed their own way of painting or representing the little feline, each following their own idea and experience of life with cats.


Henri Matisse

He is the greatest exponent of Fauvism. He has a great love and empathy for cats and all his life he wanted them by his side. Minouche and Coussi are his greatest friends and have been portrayed in many beautiful photos with the painter.

Matisse was extremely attached to these two cats and said that on their foreheads you could see the shape of an M, like Matisse. Of course, cats have been the inspiration for some very famous paintings.

Andy Warhol

He is the founder of Pop Art. He too is a great lover of cats. He painted them in bright colors.
In the 1950s, Warhol lived with his mother and more than 20 cats in an apartment in New York.

In 1954, he self-published a limited edition art book with hand-colored lithographs titled: 25 Cats Called Sam and a Blue Kitten. In the book there are only 16 cats called Sam and not 25 as written in the title. Inside the book we find them portraits in bright colors.

Andy's first cat and his mother was called Hester, then she adopted Sam to keep Hester company.

Shortly thereafter, their passion for these little felines led them to increase the number of feline roommates to 25 cats in their New York apartment.

Warhol and his mother también self-published another book on cats, Holy Cats, in which Hester's adventures in heaven are told.


Paul Klee


"For cats who love art, for artists who love cats, for those who love both."

Paul Klee at first did not like cats and had never had animals, but when he became ill, incurable, he retired to a forest house. He isolates himself from friends and family and enters a deep depression. One day there is an unexpected awakening to his life and he will be seen in the woods followed by a black cat. It is said that the cat was one day in the forest house and since then they have always been together and from that moment his black cat, called Bobby, will be the protagonist of the painter's paintings, woodcuts and self-portraits.


Pablo Picasso

He is the founder of Cubism. He is one of the most fond of cats painters. He had two cats. He is fascinated by watching their energy and their movement.

Pablo Picasso portrays them in many paintings. They are represented in their instinctive predatory, wild nature.

The cats in Picasso's paintings are "sharp" and he portrays them with crustaceans to create a fight scene where the animals fight each other with force using their sharp weapons. The claws of cats are clearly visible, hooked and anchored to the ground. The scenes portrayed are extremely hard.

Salvador Dalii

He is one of the greatest surrealist painters.

A personality between genius and madness. as a teenager he exhibited some of his paintings at the municipal theater of his town and received significant critical appreciation.

He loved the mystery of cats, being shy, independence and sinuous and sensual shapes.

In the 1960s, Dali bought an Ocelot calling it Babou and always carried it with him, keeping it on a leash. Once, in a restaurant, to reassure a person, he told him that it was a simple cat that had just come out of one of his paintings of him ... I doubt that he has calmed down :-D