REVIEW: A History of Art in 21 Cats by Nia Gould
Art history gets a fun feline makeover with 21 purr-fectly cultured cats in the styles of ancient and modern masters.
Become litter-ate in the basics of important art movements through a host of beautifully illustrated cats, each one inspired by a specific period in art hiss-tory: Surrealism, Cubism, Abstract Expressionism, Ancient Egyptian (of course), and many more. From Claude Meow-net to Jackson Paw-llock, these creative cats will introduce you to key themes and artists you won’t soon fur-get. Purr-haps even inspiring you to make your own version!
Dear Ms. Gould,
You have combined two of my favorite subjects – art and cats. Starting with images from when cats were actually worshiped (which we all know they’ve never forgotten) and working your way through the most famous artistic movements of Western Europe and the US, 21 “paintings” of cats depict the elements and embellishments which typify what makes each style unique.
As such, the paintings are not just catified copies of one famous work but rather combine several artists’ elements together such as the Renaissance cat posed like La Gioconda but with a headdress and pearl from Vermeer. Or the Post Impressionist cat with a Van Gogh bandaged ear amidst sunflowers and Cezanne apples who is wearing a Gauguin tropical shirt.
The elements are then broken down and described – highlighting what each artist brought to the particular style being discussed. Further information about the artists and what inspired them enhances each section. By the time I was finished reading it, I’d gained more insight into the various movements and what makes them special. I have to say that the Piet Mondrian kitty is a favorite while the Pointillist cat does shimmer. May I request a future book with Asian, South Asian and African artistic styles? Thanks for making this not only informative but fun. B+