As I was writing about how my cats inspired me to begin my series, Niptoons, I began to think about how many people are inspired by cats. It is truly amazing! Cats have been inspiring works of art for thousands of years all around the globe. What is it about cats that has captured our hearts and our minds? Is it their beauty? Their personalities? Cattitude? Perhaps it is that such an independent creature would ever desire to develop a relationship with us.
Whatever the reason might be, cats inspire people to do great things. A number of famous people have based some or all of their work on the relationship they have had with cats. Here are 4 famous people who have been inspired by cats:
- Jim Davis
Davis was inspired by his childhood cats to create one of the most famous cartoon felines ever -Garfield. The Garfield comic strips have been in publication since the late 1970’s and are still being published today.
- Louis Wain
The title image for this post is one of Louis Wain’s paintings. Wain was an English painter during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. He was most well known for his paintings of cats standing upright and acting like humans (anthropomorphic cats). In his early career, he did very realistic paintings of the cats he owned.
- Edgar Allan Poe
The title character of “The Black Cat” was influenced by Poe’s love of cats. In the story, the main character devolves into a deeply evil person that hates the story’s black cat. Poe used a cat because he couldn’t think of a more evil sort of person than a person that would abuse a cat.
- Henriëtte Ronner-Knip
Ronner-Knip was a Dutch painter during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Her most famous works were beautiful paintings of cats that she often sold to the upper class and royalty.
Title Image Credit: Painting by Louis Wain, public domain