Why Cats Paint: A Theory of Feline Aesthetics

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An unprecedented photographic record of cat creativity that will intrigue cat lovers and art lovers alike.

Should the marks a cat makes be treated as art, or are they simply forms of territorial behavior? This photographic record of cat creativity will intrigue catlovers and art-lovers alike, as it deciphers many heretofore unexplained aspects of cat behavior which can be found in the familiar context of art.

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Overview

An unprecedented photographic record of cat creativity that will intrigue cat lovers and art lovers alike.

Should the marks a cat makes be treated as art, or are they simply forms of territorial behavior? This photographic record of cat creativity will intrigue catlovers and art-lovers alike, as it deciphers many heretofore unexplained aspects of cat behavior which can be found in the familiar context of art.

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The National Examiner featured “Pussycat Picassos” claiming that “feline paintings will make you paws” and calling the book “captivating.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780898156126
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1994
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 351,042
  • Product dimensions: 9.58 (w) x 10.98 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Meet the Author

BURTON SILVER is a cartoonist, inventor, and author of more than a dozen books, including the best-selling WHY CATS PAINT. Silver studied psychology and sociology at Victoria University. He lives in Wellington, New Zealand.
HEATHER BUSCH has been a visual artist for nearly 30 years and is drawn to perceptions and paradigms that expand and entertain her mind. She has a fine arts degree in sculpture and has become internationally recognized for her paintings and photography. She lives in New Zealand.
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  • Posted January 31, 2012

    Profoundly wonderful -- read, look, and enjoy!

    While I'm still bewildered about whether this is or is not a parody, I love the detail behind the studies of each cat's art. The cats are whimsical and endearing, and their art is quite amazing. I am absolutely entranced by this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2003

    its NOT a fake

    I've done much research on this book and i can asure you from what i've found, this book is NOT a 'parody'. if you actually READ the book you will realize that although amusing and interesting, it is quite real and serious.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2003

    Why Cats Paint: A Theory of Feline Aesthetics

    I just read the previous reviewer's comments about this book--I totally agree, it is a wonderful book. If you are into art and love cats, you can't miss with this book. The only thing is that I am not so sure that it is fake. I didn't get the impression that it was a joke. Of course I was laughing, but I didn't get the feeling that the author was kidding. But maybe I am just blind! Regardless, it's a great great book & I highly recommend it. Even if you don't buy it, go to your local store & look through it. Great cat book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2003

    Why Cats Paint: A Theory of Feline Aesthetics

    I was just reading the reviews on the BN.com page from Newsweek & some magazine. It says that this book IS a parody. While my boyfriend & I were looking through it we were both stunned that someone would take cat art so seriously. It is somewhat relieving that it is a joke. Still, it is a great book and it makes you laught. It's a great book.....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2000

    Give this book to everyone you know

    This is possibly the funniest book I have EVER read. If you love cats, or if you just have a sense of humor, and you appreciate art, you will die laughing over this book. I screamed aloud with laughter. The book pretends to be serious, talking about the cat's different paintings and other projects. Everytime I need to smile, or appreciate my cats, I read this book. I have given it as a gift many, many times. Enjoy!!

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