For over six centuries, printmakers have represented felines in their work. Across the centuries, cats appear starting with Albrecht Dürer’s Adam and Eve where a cat coyly waits to pounce on a mouse to the intimate domestic scene in Rembrandt van Rijn’s Virgin and Child with a Cat and Snake. From Francisco Goya’s nightmarish The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters cats to John Sloan’s tenement interior A Woman’s Page, cats insinuate themselves into people’s lives of the artist’s compositions. A special selection of 19th and 20th century Japanese prints from the Joel and Bernice Weisman collection on loan to the museum will rotate during the length of the special showing.
Image: Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn (Dutch, b.1606, d.1669); The Virgin and Child with a Cat and Snake; 1654; etching; Gift of Emily Poole; 1963.144