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Monday, June 11, 2018

cat ride

Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Leave it to the cat to find the warmest, cushiest seat handy, even if it's on the human.  This work by the great Persian miniaturist Reza Abbasi (c. 1565-1635) is titled "Man with Cat," and though it measures merely 3 11/16" x 2 x 1/16" it has a snug presence. Abbasi was celebrated for the grace and versatility of his lines, and you can see that very well here. Compare the bold strokes that establish the man's body with the sketched, washed lines of the tree, and then the incredibly fine work of the cat's face as he savors his perch.

1 comment:

parlance said...

That could be the seventeenth century equivalent of the cat-draped-across-computer-monitor phenomenon.