Cat Obsessions of Famous Artists

Are you a cat person or a dog person? Well, you can be both! However the following artists had a cat obsession. Personally cats are the best studio friends. They closely and quietly observe and every now and then get in the middle of what you’re working on.

Is it the independent nature of cats and the independence of artists that make this obsession so perfect? Perhaps, but take a look at the following artists and their cats.

Pablo Picasso

Painter, sculptor, printmaker, draftsman… cat man!
Picasso was exceptionally prolific throughout his long lifetime. The total number of artworks he produced has been estimated at 50,000, comprising 1,885 paintings; 1,228 sculptures; 2,880 ceramics, roughly 12,000 drawings, many thousands of prints, and numerous tapestries and rugs. He was especially fond of his cat pets!


Pablo Picasso (Spanish artist, 1881–1973) Reclining female nude playing with cat 1964
Pablo Picasso-Reclining female nude playing with cat 1964
Pablo Picasso (Spanish artist, 1881–1973) Woman with Cat 1900
Pablo Picasso-Woman with Cat 1900

Henri Matisse

Initially trained as a lawyer, Matisse developed an interest in art only at age twenty-one.

He became known for his use of colour and his fluid and original draughtsmanship. He was a draughtsman, printmaker, and sculptor, but is known primarily as a painter.

Artist Henri Matisse and his cat Minouche.
Artist Henri Matisse and his cat Minouche.

Paul Klee

Paul Klee’s was a Swiss born painter, with a unique style that was influenced by expressionism, cubism, surrealism, and orientalism.

He would spend hours wandering between the easels in his studio, adding paint here, dabbing watercolour there, coaxing new worlds from flat canvasses. By the time he died in 1940 aged 60, Klee had created nearly 10,000 artworks, mostly paintings, drawings and some puppets. A restless innovator, he spent a lifetime experimenting with new techniques, tools and materials.

Paul Klee with kitty, Bimbo.
Paul Klee with kitty, Bimbo.
Cat and Bird painting by Klee.
Cat and Bird painting by Klee.


Balthasar Klossowski de Rola, best known as Balthus, was an esteemed but controversial Polish-French modern artist. His love of cats is taken to a whole new level. He fell for both art and cats at an early age. At 11, devastated by the disappearance of a stray he’d taken in, he produced 40 memorial ink drawings, each five inches square and done in a forceful black-and-white reminiscent of woodcuts of German expressionists.



Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol an iconic American artist who was a leading figure in the visual art movement and pop art. Andy loved cats, he had 25 cats all named Sam.


One blue pussy from 25 cats named Sam.
One blue pussy from 25 cats named Sam.

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