For the tasty breakfast at the beginning of the New Year, the Cat chef recommends a crab! With this wise advice We, Zarathustra the Cat begin a new column dedicated to the Arrrt of Still Life and to the Arrrt of cooking, as French people call them in a very cat’s manner, la naturrre morrrte et les gourrrmiaoundises:
Who can imagine the art of still life without old Dutch masters? How can this kind of art exist without their discreet, charming bourgeois breakfasts?
But you should notice how this still life begins to live real life if you add a cat to the painting! Cats improve everything, but cats are really best at improving still life.
Everything that you usually see in a still life painting is prepared for a cat, or it is a result of a cat’s act over the things prepared for him.
Ignoramuses may complain about the cups turned over or about a pie with a bite taken out of it, but the wise beings know the upper reason for it. And We shall show to the whole world that still life is created for cats.
Look how lonely is this crab at the wall of the State Hermitage Museum without a cat to take care of it:
The Hermitage is famous also for their cats living in the museum and guarding collection against the rats.
So We should make kind advice to this noble museum how they can improve their still life paintings.
Thus speaks Zarathustra the Cat