Friday, January 7, 2011

The Amazing Painting Cat!

I couldn't resist this postcard.
It is from the postcard book Cat Artist's And Their Work.
The original is a lithograph poster made around 1887 and can be found in the
Museum of Animal Acts in Wisconsin.

Cat Artists

The back of the postcard reads:
"Cat-marking behavior was trivialized in Victorian times, as this poster shows.
While Matissa certainly made marks with paint, Mrs. Broadmoore
(in reality a rather portly man dressed as a woman),
amused the audience by pretending that the cat's simple paintings were
"pawtraits" of people in the audience."

A big thank you to Beth for hosting Postcard Friendship Friday.

I hope this card brought a smile to your face.
Wishing you well and a fun filled weekend!



The Bodhi Chicklet said...

You do find the funniest things! Matissa - you go girl!

Cezar and Léia said...

This vintage cat poster is a treasure, thanks for sharing!
A nice weekend for you!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Very cute! Reminds me of that book "Why Cats Paint."

Anonymous said...

I want some spiritual secrets revealed. Do you think this cat could really do it? Happy Friday. xox Corrine

Pat - Arkansas said...

Fascinating glimpse into the past. My cats do a lot of things, but painting is not one of them. To be fair, I've never given them the opportunity. :D

Janet said...

"Spellbinding displays of artistry"....I love that! I think this postcard is my favorite of all the ones you've shown. My cats spend a lot of time in the studio but not one "pawtrait" have they produced!

nonizamboni said...

BIG smile here--Matissa, how dear!
Hope all's well in your world.
Happy new year!!

Terry said...

Howdy Snap
Happy PFF to you .
This is truly wonderful.
Such a fun post and so uniquely one of a kind like you :)
Love it !!!!
Thank you for sharing this awesome treasure with us today.
Have a fabulous weekend.
Until next time
Happy Trails

viridian said...

Great card. I have a postcard from Thailand showing an elephant painting. And there is the famous youtube video of the cat playing piano.

Joy said...

I'll have to give one a brush and look out for "deft movements of paws" although I think it may be a CATastrophe.
Great card.

Barb said...

I'm sure Cassie could create a masterpiece if only you would supply her with a bit of paint, Snap. Have a good weekend with Mr Dragon.

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Cute one, Snap... Thanks for sharing.

Have a great weekend.

MrCachet said...

That's the Cat's Meow as far as poster art goes!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

This is such an unusual and funnypostcard. I wonder if my cat has talent? :D

Have a good weekend!

Postcardy said...

I have the book "Why Cats Paint." Cute cat stuff always makes me smile.

Wildflowerhouse said...

I wonder if I could get Midnight to do this. Ah yes then I could retire and eat bon bons all day! Love the card. You are a wealth of great information. I have been bad... was trying to clean out the studio and took a nasty spill over some boxes & wood for carving. Ended up in a heap on the floor with a deep gash in my leg, bruised both hips,right shoulder & wrist & fingers. That's how DH found me.
I just tried to laugh and say " welcome home dear and how was your day!" But just wanted to check in with you. Your posts always make my day! Hi to Mr. D.

Funoldhag said...

What a great old card! So many wonderful old treasures out there. Have a great weekend. Carol

Sheila @ A Postcard a Day said...

I'm not going to let my cat see this post. He has enough fun with the printer now that he knows which buttons to press!

Paul van Yperen said...

That's a show I would have loved to see.

Lisa'sLettersandLace said...

It certainly did make me smile as did your last post "Good Morning"! How wonderful you know the date of the original poster, Blessings, Lisa