Any painting that can be earnestly titled Man with Cat is good in my books, dear reader.
Add to that the fact that thisportrait of Henry Sturgis Drinker by that title was painted in 1898 by his sister-in-law Cecilia Beaux—a woman of whom the Smithsonian American Art Museum writes: “Beaux was a fiercely independent woman who lived well, kept handsome lovers, and had a will of iron. At a time when few women could, she carved out a career for herself as a portraitist, and was thought to rival John Singer Sargent”—and I just might have a new favorite painting.
“Don Quixote and Sancho Panza returning to their Village” (1866) by Sir John Gilbert
A Merry Moment - Antonina Rzhevskaya
Hans Frank (1884-1948) - Blossom and butterflies (Antheraea polyphemus), oil on cardboard, 42 x 34 cm.
Marco on the Queen Breakfast Table - Charles Burton Barber
Artist Juriaen van Streeck (1632–1687)
Title Still-life with peaches and a lemon
Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions 90.5 × 80 cm (35.6 × 31.5 in)
Saint Jerome - Jean-Leon Gerome
Martinus Rørbye’s View from the Artist’s Window, circa 1825, might initially look like a pretty—but narrativeless—painting of exactly what the title describes.
However, The Statens Museum for Kunst describes a number of the symbolic aspects of View from the Artist’s Window, including this one: “The familiar closeness of the drawing room is contrasted with the sailing ships in the harbour, bound for faraway destinations.” (Rørbye, as the Museum adds, was soon to leave his childhood home.)