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Cat Watching a Spider by Ōide Tōkō
Cat Watching a Spider by Ōide Tōkō

Cat Watching a Spider, 1888

Ōide Tōkō

A beautiful Siamese cat watches a spider with intense interest, crouched and ready to pounce. This feline is clearly a pampered house pet; it wears a silk scarf knotted smartly around its neck and stalks its prey in a minimalist, elegant room. The artist was part of a revival of appreciation for long-established Japanese styles, and this artwork, from its animal subject to its materials and techniques, was very much in line with a thousand years of Japanese artistic tradition.

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