Your Good Taste Is Showing — Robin F. Williams

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Your Good Taste Is Showing, 2017 by Robin F. Williams (b. 1984)

 

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Ideal Life — Leonor Fini

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Ideal Life, 1950 by Leonor Fini (1908-1996)

Still Life with Cat and Rayfish — Jean-Baptiste-Simeon Chardin

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Still Life with Cat and Rayfish, c. 1728 by Jean-Baptiste-Simeon Chardin (1699-1779)

Hide and Speak — Jolene Lai

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Hide and Speak by Jolene Lai (b. 1980)

The Cat’s Lunch — Marguerite Gérard

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Artist — Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

Witch’s Tavern — Cornelis Saftleven

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Woman with a Cat — Fernand Léger

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Who Killed Walter Benjamin? — Ged Quinn

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A dozen cats

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Balthus
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Nathaniel Currier
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Gerrit Dou
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Tsuguharu Foujita
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Ohara Koson
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Pablo Picasso
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Bada Shenren
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Theophile Steinlen
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Walasse Ting
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Ōide Tōkō
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Felix Vallotton
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Suzanne Valodon

 

August — Alex Colville

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La Baronne Emile D’Erlanger — Romaine Brooks

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Still Life with Fighting Cats — Workshop of Frans Snyders

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Three Books

Mitsou by Balthus. Preface by Rainer Maria Rilke (English translation by Richard Miller).  Small first edition hardback published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1984. Design credited to Peter Oldenburg; the cover illustration is by Balthus. Mitsou is Balthus’s story of loving (and losing) his titular pet cat. He was thirteen when he composed the story in 40 ink drawings (the drawings resemble woodblock prints, but aren’t). He gave the illustrations to his mother’s lover, Rainer Maria Rilke, who got them published. My wife gave me this book as a gift before we were married, and I love it. It’s sad.

Moses, Man of the Mountain by Zora Neale Hurston. First edition hardback by J.B. Lippincott, 1939. No illustrator or designer credited, by my edition is missing the original jacket. A retelling of the Exodus story.

 Man after Man by Dougal Dixon with illustrations by Philip Hood. First edition hardback from St. Martin’s Press, 1990. Book design by Ben Cracknell; cover art by Philip Hood. It’s Hood’s illustrations that make Dixon’s “future anthropology” of the human race so fascinating. A discursive sci-fi novel of sorts, posing as a textbook.

Skeleton — Vincent van Gogh

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Rainbow Cat — Moebius

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Woman with a Cat — Francesco Bacchiacca

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