The Book, Cat, & Cat Book Lovers Almanac

of historical trivia regarding books, cats, and other animals. Actually this blog has evolved so that it is described better as a blog about cats in history and culture. And we take as a theme the advice of Aldous Huxley: If you want to be a writer, get some cats. Don't forget to see the archived articles linked at the bottom of the page.

October 8, 2016

October 8, 1877

Hans Heysen was born in Germany (October 8, 1877 to July 2, 1968) but achieved fame as an Australian landscape artist subsequent to his family's emigration to that British colony in 1884. A well deserved fame, and Heysen's reputation now on the global stage needs an upward adjustment. He won in 1945 a British OBE for his efflorts at building a world class institution, the Hobart National Gallery. According to one critic, "Heysen painted the majesty of Australia. ... in oil paintings such as Mystic morn 1904, Red gold 1913 and Droving into the light 1914–21." Our interest was caught by a 1925 canvas, titled Spring, featuring the frothy fruit tree blooms one associates with that season. In the branches are two gray and white cats inhaling..

This charming scene is shared here.

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