A cat can be seen standing in the room. Two cherubs, one on its left, and another on its right, can be seen helping it to put on the royal robes. Another cherub flies on top of the cat’s head, with a crown on its tiny hands. The cat, however, seems to be thinking of something entirely different than his current coronation, with its eyes fixed on somewhere else in the room.
The oil painting, titled “Fantasy of a pet cat” was created in 2006 by the Japanese artist Tokuhiro Kawai.
Traditionally, the classical approach to painting has always been intended for narrative: heroes, saints and the divine were painted in their glorious feats of battle or miraculous miracles. But the task of storytelling has since been ceded literature and film. Kawai attempts to rekindle this fragile bond, but in a contemporary context in which religion and epic battles are less a part of our lives. “Human beings live their life carrying this kind of contradiction or unanswerable problems. By creating an original hero, I want to pursue the amusing trait of a mankind who exists with the desire to battle, and yet have contradictory behaviors,” says Kawai.
This isn’t Kawai’s only cat-centered painting; he has a lot more, along with his other Renaissance style paintings, which can be seen over at Spoon & Tamago.
(Image Credit: Tokuhiro Kawai/ Spoon & Tamago)