Catnip ~ Artful Felines from The Metropolitan Museum of Art


Today instead of focusing on a pawticular artist we will be pawing through one of Dot’s & Jerry Underfoot’s favorite books in the house, ‘Catnip ~ Artful Felines from The Metropolitan Museum of Art’ published by Chronicle Books.

‘Catnip’ Endpaper

HuMom gets pawsitively excited with any book that has graphic endpapers (: a once-folded sheet of paper having one leaf pasted flat against the inside of the front or back cover of a book and the other pasted at the base to the first or last page); she is what is known as a bibliophile (someone who loves books). 

Written from the inside of the dustjacket:  In this book, feline masterpieces from The Metropolitan Museum of Art are paired with words by some of History’s great writers & humorist, including Mark Twain, Gwendolyn Brooks, Gertrude Stein, T. S. Eliot, & Emily Dickinson. Like cats themselves, this collection of art & writing will continually charm readers. The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York is one of the world’s leading cultural institutions, home to more than 2 million works of art.

Let’s have a look at what we four leggers sniffed out for you.

Daily News (detail), Dona Nelson, American. b. 1952

One reason cats are happier than people is that they have no newspapers. Gwendolyn Brooks, American, 1917-2000


Don Manuel Osorio de Zuniga (1784-1792) (detail), Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, Spanish, 1746-1828

She sights a Bird – she chuckles – She flattens – then she crawls – She runs without the look of feet – Her eyes increase to Balls –   Emily Dickinson, American, 1830-1886


Don Manuel Osorio de Zuniga (1784-1792) (detail), Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, Spanish, 1746-1828

The ideal of calm exists in a sitting cat.   Jules Renard, French, 1864-1910


Cat. Tsugouhara Foujita, French (b. Japan), 1886-1968

Cats are rather delicate creatures and they are subject to a good many different ailments, but I never hard of one who suffered from insomnia.   Joseph Wood Krutch, American, 1893-1970


The Favorite Cat (detail). Nathaniel Currier, publisher, American, 1813-1888

My cat does not talk as respectfully to me as I do to her.   Colette, French, 1873-1954


A Boy with a Cat-Morning. Thomas Gainsborough, England, 1727-1788

When a cat adopts you there is nothing to be done about it except to put up with it until the wind changes.   T.S. Eliot, English (b. United States), 1888-1965 


A Man with a Cat. Jean Dubuffet, French, 1901-1985

It is perfectly possible (a fact which I have proved scores of times myself) to work not only with a cat in the room, but with a cat on one’s shoulder or in one’s lap. In a drafty room, indeed, the cat makes a superior kind of paperweight!   Carl Van Vechten, American, 1880-1964


Cat and Mouse (detail). Kawanabe Kyosai, Japanese, 1831-1889

When the cat winketh, little knows the mouse what the cat thinketh.   English proverb


Harper’s July (detail). Edward Penfield, American, 1886-1925

One cat just leads to another.   Ernest Hemingway, American, 1899-1961


Winter: Cat on a Cushion (detail). Theophile-Alexandre Steinlen, French, 1859-1923

The cat is a dilettante in fur.   Theophile Gautier, French, 1811-1872


Pet Cat. Kawabata Gyokusho, Japanese, 1842-1913

The smallest feline is a masterpiece.   Leonardo da Vinci, Italian (Florentine), 1452-1519


If you are curious like Dot & Jerry Underfoot you can sniff out more wagnificent animal art at TheMet; we understand they have a new project. With the Met Chrome Extensions you may explore ‘The Meow Met’ collection, a look into the pawtacular lives of cats at the Met. If you are interested  this link will tell you more about it.

Have a safe, wooftastic weekend,

CEO Olivia, Dot & Jerry Underfoot 🐾💜🐾



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