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.

April 30, 2017

April 30, 1883

What can be said about Edouard Manet (23 January 1832 – 30 April 1883), once you have seen Olympia or Le déjeuner sur l'herbe. I daresay you cannot consider him a transitional figure, if you think he towers so above those who followed. Myself I would call him a Goya who blinked, but that may be too idiosyncratic a summary.

The Tate has one of his cats, "Woman with a Cat," which they call an "unfinished portrait ... of Manet's wife." Sigh.

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