Why Cats Paint: A Theory of Feline Aesthetics

Why Cats Paint: A Theory of Feline Aesthetics

by Heather Busch, Burton Silver


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780898156126
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 05/01/1994
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 486,501
Product dimensions: 9.60(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.30(d)

About 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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Why Cats Paint: A Theory of Feline Aesthetics 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
the1butterfly on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Yes, cats will actually paint, apparently, and some of the cat artists described in this book are amusing. I'm so going to give my cats paints when I can figure out what they should be using and let them try it out.
anneofia on LibraryThing 10 months ago
The fact that some cats are able to make marks with paint has been explained by the experts as an instinctive form of territorial marking behavior. But is it only that, or are some cats genuinely artistically motivated? This book is a photographic record of the artistic cat at work. It also explains many aspects of ordinary everyday cat behavior in a new way. Anyone who loves cats and is interested in psychology or art will be fascinated with this book. I loved the humor of it!
susan139 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Beautiful photographs of cats, who, seemingly, paint.
49shelves on LibraryThing 10 months ago
a really entertaining and intelligent parody. the photographs are exceptional, the paintings quite appealing and the artists very charming
Fuzzle421 More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.....
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!