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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

stop looking at me! what do you want?

not a great reproduction but thanks anyway wikimedia commons

Yes, this is not the crispest reproduction of Paul Gauguin's "Still Life with Cats" (1899), but I kept coming back to it today. Now what was so compelling? Was it the pleasant, chunky, Primitivist forms of the vase and the sleeping cat? Or the profusion of flowers? By the way, isn't that bouquet oddly delicate against everything else going on in here? But that wasn't it, and that wasn't it.

I know.

That cat in back with the thousand-yard stare. Where have I seen that before? Oh, wait, it's boring into the back of my head right now.

If you've never read much about Gauguin, Wikipedia isn't a bad place to start: here he is. This link has hundreds of good-quality images. I don't think I would have personally liked him much, but I do enjoy his work on an immediate level despite myself.


parlance said...

Dogs have mastered that stare also, but in my experience don't utilise it as fully as cats do!

Ann Dziemianowicz said...

Love this! The colors are beautiful! It is so peaceful.

DamnCuteBunny said...

I like Gauguin's work, but don't know much about him personally. I guessing he was kind of a jerk or something? Anyway, that thousand-yard stare comes laser straight out of my cat Cleo's eyes. It is downright creepy sometimes when I catch her looking at me like that!