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Balthus 1908-2001

Inspired by jovialtarantism
While dogs traditionally represent fidelity in paintings, and are often seen in pictures of newly weds, the cat represents the wanton lover, and often features in cautionary pictures, tavern scenes and pictures of women of ill repute.

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Balthus had a life long fascination with cats (and young girls hitting puberty!) He produced a self portrait as a cat, and it is thought that the cats which frequent his paintings are self portraits, perhaps his way of sneaking into these forbidden worlds.
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cats and little girls?why does it remind of alice in wonderland:-)
nice cat though. it seems like it is guarding the girl.
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