manets-olympia

Manet’s “Olympia”

manet's cat

Manet’s Cat

There has been speculation about the source for this image of Manet’s cat in his famous painting of a courtesan, “Olympia”. There are some drawings in Hokusai’s Manga of cats that may be the source. But I always wondered if he wasn’t inspired by Chardin‘s painting called “The Ray”. It is currently housed in the Louvre and I suspect it was in the Louvre when Manet was alive.

the ray

Jean-Babtiste-Simeon Chardin, “The Ray”, 1728, oil on canvas, 45 1/4″ x 57 1/2″, Musee de Louvre

cat

Chardin’s Cat

manet's cat

Manet’s Cat

If you go:

Louvre Museum, Paris, France

Musee d’Orsay, Paris, France

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