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What happens when a cat becomes the subject of da Vinci’s Mona Lisa or takes the starring role in Hamlet or Lawrence of Arabia?Susan Herbert’s feline interpretations of famous images from Western culture have charmed and amused readers for decades. Cats Galore brings together illustrations from the affectionately envisioned Pre-Raphaelite Cats, Shakespeare Cats, Movie CatsWhat happens when a cat becomes the subject of da Vinci’s Mona Lisa or takes the starring role in Hamlet or Lawrence of Arabia?Susan Herbert’s feline interpretations of famous images from Western culture have charmed and amused readers for decades. Cats Galore brings together illustrations from the affectionately envisioned Pre-Raphaelite Cats, Shakespeare Cats, Movie Cats, and Opera Cats—as well as other delightful images of cats cast in scenes from art, theater, and film—into one delightful volume.Divided into three sections—Cats in Art, Cats on Stage, and Cats in the Movies—this is the ultimate compendium for cat-loving culture buffs and cultured pet owners alike. Works by Degas and van Gogh retain their distinctive styles in spite of the furry faces; cats shine in Much Ado About Nothing and The Barber of Seville; and a bushy-tailed James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause stares at the camera with the iconic cigarette in his mouth....

Title : Cats Galore: A Compendium of Cultured Cats
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ISBN : 9780500239360
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 320 Pages
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Cats Galore: A Compendium of Cultured Cats Reviews

  • Klinta
    2019-04-27 10:36

    The detail in these paintings is amazing. Every time I open the book and one of the paintings that I enjoyed the most, I find something new about it. I've gone through all the pages more than once, yet I still don't feel like I've "read it" because there's so much more to explore. It is art mixing with funny references and jokes. What I don't like is that the author spoilt me. I wouldn't think that the portraits are plain and boring if I wouldn't have seen some amazing renderings of complicated paintings. But unfortunately, the simpler paintings (perhaps the ones that concentrate more on the "paint" and less on the "cats" part) were too boring for me. Overall I loved the idea and the artist is obviously very talented. I got this book as a birthday gift and it is definitely one of the best gifts.

  • Orsolya
    2019-04-22 09:34

    I won this book from Goodreads Giveaways One of the standout books from my childhood was a picture book teaching various breeds of cats by personifying them into adult paintings. To this day, I still occasionally think of that book (and have it stored away in a box). I have found the modernized-adult version of this book in Susan Herbert’s, “Cats Galore: A Compendium of Cultured Cats”. During her lifetime, Susan Herbert (d. 2014) was an established and beloved artist known for her paintings incorporating cats into famous theatrical scenes or fine art works. “Cats Galore” showcases her pieces in a colorful, full-color, hard-covered coffee table book encompassing charm, quirkiness, and a dose of silliness but all the while celebrating famous art.“Cats Galore” is divided into three sections (Cats in Art, Cats on Stage, and Cats in the Movies) with each section being (mostly) chronological in the pieces which Herbert re-imagined using cats as the subjects. These feature captions with the title, date, and artist of the “real” piece. The striking feature of Herbert’s work is her ability to recreate a multitude of art styles and the focus on detail. Each painting is true to the original but with the inclusion of ‘cute’ details such as rats and mice in place of dogs or cats from the original paintings. Even the cat species chosen by Herbert for each painting makes sense and truly brings both her work and the original pieces to life. Although “Cats Galore” features no text (aside from the captions); the book is charming, entertaining, and certainly fun for cat and art lovers. Some of the paintings will awe the reader while others induce a chuckle. Aside from adults, “Cats Galore” would also be a great way to introduce children to works of art in a friendly, warm way before showing them the real thing. Basically, “Cats Galore” is wonderful for all ages. The final section (Cats in the Movies) is the portion most geared towards the general reader as the films are recognizable and part of pop culture. It is a strong way to wrap up the showcase of Herbert’s work.“Cats Galore” is a silly but cute coffee tale book perfect for browsing for Herbert fans or cat lovers (it definitely makes a great gift for such readers). The presentation is strong and the content is quirky. However, the book is very targeted and not necessarily for everyone (I could see some people labeling it as ‘dumb’). Despite this, “Cats Galore” is an inviting book.

  • Selena
    2019-04-28 06:40

    Pretty artwork is pretty.I'm no art critic. I can just say that I like pretty pictures of kitties. ^^Some of the artwork I recognized, some of it I didn't but would like to see the original.Even if you don't recognize most of it, it's kitties. Because kitties. ^^

  • Jennifer
    2019-05-04 06:38

    Love it! Great for the art/cat lover. Clever, entertaining, and a joy to peruse.

  • Shu Xiao
    2019-04-20 03:49

    Some of the artworks are more exquisite than others. Still a great gift for cat lovers!

  • Gail Cooke
    2019-05-02 10:42

    Well, if you’re not a cat lover now you surely will be after one or two pages. If you’re not an admirer of the work and imagination of artist Susan Herbert you definitely will be as her water color paintings have been created not only with paint but with charm, affection and rich imagination. Cats Galore A Compendium Of Cultured Cats is a book I’ve returned to again and again not only for my own pleasure but to share with friends - none of whom could select a favorite as all of the paintings delight viewers. The subtitle is apropos as Susan Herbert has given us feline versions of unforgettable works of art as well as well remembered scenes from the theater, opera and films. Words cannot describe the surprise and pleasure found in seeing Goya’s The Clothed Maja in feline form or a scene from The Red Shoes with a blue-eyed kitty on point. Regarding films one finds the famous beach scene in From Here To Eternity, the full cast of Casablanca and more. There are 326 illustrations in all, each bringing appreciative smiles. I am grateful for Ms. Herbert’s talent and in awe of the gifts she has given us. My copy of Cats Galore is already well thumbed and surely much enjoyed. Highly recommended!

  • Ingrid
    2019-05-09 06:42

    I received this as a gift from relatives (knowing how enamored I am of cats), and I have to say it was very entertaining and well-done, seeing all these well-known paintings and operas and films with cats instead of humans.

  • Meg McAllister
    2019-05-18 10:46

    From Da Vinci's Mona Lisa to Shakespeare's Hamlet to Puccini's Madame Butterfly to James Dean's "Rebel Without A Claw"...oops, we meant Cause, the arts & culture world has been 'Catursized' in the wonderfully whimsical new book, CATS GALORE: A COMPENDIUM OF CULTURED CATS (Thames & Hudson). Renowned artist Susan Herbert has recreated scenes from some of the most recognizable works of art, opera, literature, theatre and film, substituting felines for the famous faces. Herbert's fanciful masterpieces are vivid and detailed recreations of the original images and are sure to bring a smile (and the occasional LOL) to your face.Cats Galore is a charming compact coffee table book that cat addicts (like me) will want to add to their collection and display proudly. No one will be able to resist flipping through it again and again discovering something new to love each time. There's a pampered Persian as Motzart's sinister Pamina from The Magic Flute, a temperamental Tabby as Macbeth, a sassy Siamese as Puccini's Turnadot (my cat Isabella's personal favorite...if sitting on the page for half an hour can be construed as feline tacit approval), and a host of other kitty pairings depicting Romeo & Juliet, Laurel & Hardy and Fred & Ginger.From Julius Caesar to James Bond, this book has it all. In a word, this is a simply "purrfect" read.

  • Xyra
    2019-05-11 06:51

    I received this book as a Christmas gift and have been enjoying paging through it.The book is divided into several sections. The works of art are really interesting. To see how well known pieces are adjusted so slightly to show a cat as the subject. The key is that the original shapes and strokes are also evident.My favorite section is the Shakespeare section. Scenes from the varied plays with cats are also done really well. Othello is one of my favorites, while Ophelia is kind of disturbing. I spent most of my time on those two sections. I want to spend more time with the movie cats and opera cats sections. I know I missed things there. A great way to pass the time. Perfect (yes, I curtailed my urge to use the catlover version of that word) for cat lovers who are also fans of the arts.

  • Barbara
    2019-05-11 08:39

    Susan Herbert has introduced magical feline substitutions for the human originals in familiar works of art (and, to a lesser extent, cinema). It occurs to me after gazing with delight at scores of solemn looking cat usurpers that - the original sitters might as well have had no teeth! Even The Laughing Cavalier keeps his jaws clamped together. Only the high-kicking chorus from West Side Story displays sharp little cat teeth.I was given the French edition which is cleverly entitled "Chats D'Oeuvre".

  • Marc Parijs
    2019-05-10 04:39

    My children and myself love this book. It is an opportunity to bring young children into contact with art. My oldest child likes to go through the book and enjoy the beautiful artworks were people have been replaces by cats. I would strongly recommend this book to parents with young children.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-04-19 06:41

    Is this bizarre? Sure. Is this necessary? Probably not. Am I happy Susan Herbert loves cats and art and theatre? Absolutely.This is a fun book for cat lovers and a good refresher on art and artists.

  • Denise Kruse
    2019-05-12 03:59

    For children and adults this is an amazing book that, with humor and skill, can only serve to spark artistic interest!

  • Lisa Ulibarri
    2019-04-20 08:51

    Fun and whimsical!!! If you love cats and art you will enjoy this ☺

  • Reagan Brasch
    2019-04-22 04:01

    If you love art and cats (and who doesn't I say), this is the best book ever. I wish I could give this a million stars.

  • Song-yun
    2019-05-09 09:52

    Such a treat! Recommend for art nerds, theatre lovers, Shakespeare fans and classic film fans. This is your dream come true -- with cats! NSFW, unless you want all your colleges ask why are you giggling so hard. I almost died when I saw the Othello one. I'm going to buy more copies and send them to my art nerd friends. I love everything about this book!