Wednesday, July 25, 2012

A Saturnine Cat

What does a saturnine cat look like? I have never had an occasion to think about, much less respond to, this question, but I was inspired to do some research after reading a review in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal about a new exhibition, Nature in America: Taming the Landscape, presented at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center in Poughkeepsie, New York.

Critic Barrymore Laurence Scherer cites an untitled pen-and-ink drawing from 1933 by Rosella Hartman, and he writes that the artist “depicts the smooth, sensual contours of her two [nude] figures and their saturnine cat.” Hmmm. Check out the slideshow, #10:

Here is a translation, from art critic to Cat Lady: According to my unofficial Guide to Feline Body Language, that’s simply a self-absorbed cat.

Query of the Day: Is your cat saturnine?

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