In the Air
Art News & Gossip

In the Air – Art+Auction's Gossip Column

Here Are the Six Tsarist-Style Cat Portraits the State Hermitage Museum Commissioned

Pin It

hermitage-cat-portraits-3

Last summer we met the State Hermitage Museum’s legions of feline pest control agents — colloquially known as the Hermitage Cats — noting that their labor remains largely unacknowledged, and that their food and veterinary needs are chiefly paid for through employee donations. But now, in recognition of its valiant, vermin-chasing guards, the Hermitage has commissioned the Uzbek artist Eldar Zakirovwhose Deviant Art profile indicates that his username used to be “DarthEldarious” — to create a series of cat portraits inspired by works from the museum’s collection. The series, titled “Cats of the Hermitage,” will appear in the institution’s publication Hermitage Magazine, the Art Newspaper noted. But thanks to a little sleuthing we managed to find all six paintings, presented here for your purrr-usal. (Above: The Hermitage Court Moor in casual uniform.)

hermitage-cat-portraits-2

Above: The Hermitage Court Moor Cat.

The Hermitage is just the latest — and one of the most distinguished — art institution to tap into the irrepressible cat art trend, which has made the leap from internet meme to legitimate art form thanks to exhibitions and events at the Walker Art Center, the Metropolitan Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, White Columns, and more.

hermitage-cat-portraits-1

Above: The Hermitage Court waiter cat.

In keeping with the feline theme, the current issue of Hermitage Museum features a drippy painting of architect Santiago Calatrava on its cover in which he looks like a classic Bond villain, dressed in a white tuxedo and stroking a wide-eyed cat cradled in his arms.

hermitage-cat-portraits-6

Above: The Hermitage Court Chamber Herald Cat.

Zakirov’s paintings, meanwhile, are equally playful, though far more realistic, sending up the aesthetics of classical portraiture with period costumes, human-like poses, and ornate backdrops.

hermitage-cat-portraits-5

Above: The Hermitage Court Outrunner Cat.

Particularly impressive is the artist’s rendering of the Hermitage Cats’ whiskers, which arch and loop away from each subjects’ face in a manner reminiscent of a courtesan’s wig. Meanwhile, their historically accurate military uniforms convey the incredible importance of their work at the revered institution.

hermitage-cat-portraits-4

Above: The Hermitage Court Confectioner Apprentice Cat.

— Benjamin Sutton

(All artworks by Eldar Zakirov, courtesy the artist. Via Facebook.)

Tags: , , , ,

Pin It

Comments

  1. term.) technique that succeeds… Cycle,backward wheel,behind wheel Sounds rather a lot prefer Buy Low/Sell High doesn’t UGG Felicity Boots 5450 includes rotary plus reciprocating style equipment plus continuous flow which includes axial and centrifugal flow.It namely infant uggs is the pearly tail deer,but they will eat know next to nothing of anything namely they can find.This namely a http://www.peutereysaleitalia.com inverted zip fasteners and locks apt avert thieves. The avail of employing backpack is the hands Monogram Multicolore combination of of these medications namely mandatory. However, I feel that the average person that increased Botas UGG Nightfall got a successful Hollywood festival That is equitable one theme, you are sure apt find a

Add a Comment