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Here's realist painter Ivan Kramskoy (Russian; 1837-1887), portraying a "Girl with a Cat" in 1882. I must say, when I want to have a good pout I do appreciate a cat and a luxurious setting. This work is so technically perfect that I still find myself surprised at how it manages to pull me in at a strong personal level as well. Is she really in a funk? She certainly looks like it. Is she well-off and that's why she has all those gorgeous shawls? Is this a formal studio portrait? No, can't be; too intimate. You can't get a cat to go to sleep like that simply for the composition of the thing. Kramskoy was a leader of the Russian democratic art movement, and known for the emotional insight he could evoke in his portrayals, particularly those of peasant folk.