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loves: you win if you guessed "pets" and "museums". Also books, art history, travel, British punk, Korean kimchi, bindis, martinis, and other things TBD. I will always make it very clear if a post is sponsored in any way. Drop me a line at thepetmuseum AT gmail.com !

Thursday, April 18, 2013

chatte et chaton (cat and kitten)

thanks wikimedia commons (PD:old)
Be sure to get a good look at the monkey-like, soft baby face of the white kitten in this 1737 painting by the French Rococo painter Jean-Baptiste Oudry.  Oudry became a professor at France's Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture; painted hunting scenes for King Louis XV, and turned down work from the King of Denmark and Czar Peter the Great.  For such a grand series of accomplishments, Oudry had a way with humbler creatures, and here's the proof.  "Cat and Kitten" shows us not only perfectly rendered cat fur - two little black eyebrows on Kitten! - but a look of pride and pleasure on the mother cat's face.  For me, the Rococo styling shows in the delicate and sinuous yet lush flower to the left.

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