The Hero Image today is another of Chris' fabulous photos.

So what is the place of cats in the art world? Certainly many famous artists have had their own special feline companion and many have made images of these furry friends. Here is Paul Klee with his kitty called Bimbo

(Credit: artanddesigninspiration.com)

(Credit: artanddesigninspiration.com)

If you would like to see more of the cats and their artistic friends follow this link.

(credit: photohistory-sussex.co.uk)

(Credit: Sussex PhotoHistory)

(Credit: Sussex PhotoHistory)

By 1884 Pointer had manufactured about two hundred different captioned images of cats which came to be known collectively as The Brighton Cats as this is where he settled after he married the portrait painter Rosa Myra Drummond.  The caption for this image reads What’s Delaying My Dinner.

(Credit: Me.me)

But American photographer Harry Whittier Frees (1879–1953) took snapping kitties in unusual poses to the next level! I was going to show you some of his photos of animals but unfortunately I have just read an article on the somewhat startling animal photography of Frees and found out that not only did he use various nasty props to get the animals into the right poses but some of the animals might not have been breathing!! Sorry, can't show you any of these photos. I know times have changed and thank goodness animals now have more protection but...

If you would like to see the photos for yourself and read about this extremely controversial photographer here is a link.
https://www.lifewithcats.tv/2015/12/22/frees-victorian-cat-photographs-kind-of-creepy-but-not-cruel/

I had to find something more acceptable to finish off today so please meet Tombili who was very much alive ( I think) when his photo was taken lounging on his favourite seat in Istanbul.  

(Credit: The Independent)

‘Tombili’, a rotund cat beloved by Istanbul’s Ziverbey neighbourhood, has been commemorated by the city authorities after local demand for a tribute to his memory. Tombili - a Turkish word often used for chubby pets - was known by residents of Ziverbey, part of the district of Kadıköy, for his nonchalant demeanour towards people who wanted to play with him. The cat became world famous earlier this year after a photo of him reclining in one of his favourite spots on the pavement was shared thousands of times on social media.(Ref:www.independent.co.uk)

I will pull myself together and tomorrow show you some wonderful paintings of pussy cats who, like Tombili, thoroughly enjoyed sitting for their portraits.