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15 Artists Alongside Their Cat Best Friends

Ailurophile, cat lovers, are known for being less traditional, aloof, eccentric and more creative than most people. It is no surprise that many legendary artists such as Frida Kahlo, Salvador Dalí, and Andy Warhol among others shared their life with a feline companion. 

Alison Nastasi has compiled a list of intimate portraits of over 50 famous artists in her book Artists and Their Cats. In the introduction of her book Nastasi writes:

“Many artists buck notions of a stereotypical temperament, but researchers have long speculated that creative individuals share common attributes—which mirror those of cats.”

Overall Artists and Their Cats captures many artists tender relationship with their fury friends, accompanied with engaging text. 


1. Salvador Dalí

World Telegram & Sun photo by Roger Higgins, image courtesy of Library of Congress


2. Andy Warhol

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


3.Jean-Michel Basquiat

James van der Zee / 1982


4. Henri Matisse

Photo by Robert Capa, International Center of Photography, Magnum Photos


5. Pablo Picasso 

Photograph by Carlos Nadal, 1960; © Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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