New! Caturday Art: Hiroshige’s Furr-ever Companions March 21 2016
“I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul”. French polymath Jean Cocteau summed it up purrfectly. Which got us thinking: what represents our personalities better than the animals we keep as companions and the art we choose to surround ourselves with?
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Today’s special Caturday release, Ando Hiroshige’s Asakusa ricefields and Torinomachi Festival combines the tranquil energy of a resting cat with the beautiful composition of traditional ukiyo-e Japanese woodblock prints. There’s nothing cozier than coming home to our pets, even if, in the style of Hiroshige’s feline subject, they choose to ignore us (and what self-respecting cat doesn’t play coy).
Ando Hiroshige, now known as one of the great masters of the ukiyo-e style, embodies the rebellious, solitary nature of a cat. As a student, he did not follow the same path as his contemporaries, instead seeking out his own subjects, traveling and painting serene Japanese landscapes like Meguro Drum Bridge and Sunset Hill and the Kinryuzan Temple. Here in Asakusa ricefields and Torinomachi Festival, Hiroshige applies his vibrant color technique to the indoor environment. The home, in turn, transforms into its own magical landscape, complete with cat companion.
Have a friend who loves cats but lives with a dog person? A brother who rescues all the neighborhood strays? That one coworker who can’t stop talking about Neko Atsume at the communal coffee pot? Today’s Caturday release is the ideal gift for anyone with a fondness for feline friends—even those who can’t have the real deal in their homes. We can easily imagine Hiroshige working quietly alongside the cat, sharing a perfectly poised, peaceful moment, gazing out the window over these ricefields of Asakusa. The stunning serenity of this image transports us right there into the room, soaking up the sun and curling up in the quiet.
Only without the hairballs, allergies, or litterbox.
With purr-fect art for everyone,