A Famous Cat Painting

Curator’s Words


A Famous Cat Painting


Nathan Woods


Franz Marc, who is best known for his vibrantly colored representations of animals, particularly horses, dogs, and, of course, cats, inspired me to paint this portrait. His cat paintings feature the animals resting or grooming in their natural form. Cats on a yellow pillow, two blue-and-yellow cats, cats in a basket, and cats on a red fabric are just a few of his well-known cat paintings. Animals embodied his ideals of purity, honesty, and beauty. Additionally, he believed in color symbolism, with blue symbolizing spirituality and masculinity, yellow symbolizing emotional happiness, and red symbolizing violence. Between 1911 and 1912, Marc displayed his works in Munich.