Girl Playing with a Dog and Cat (said to be Portrait of Marie Madeleine Colombe Jean-Honoré Fragonard , cats in art

Girl Playing with a Dog and Cat (said to be Portrait of Marie Madeleine Colombe
Jean-Honoré Fragonard


Conspicuous as ever, the ubiquitous cat posed for the painters of the century.  The typical paintings of a cat trying to steal fish or meat, or having a duel with a dog, were now accompanied by the cat’s presence in portraits, especially of children and/or ladies.  The Baroque style of the 17th century even though still present in the early 18th century was soon overshadowed by the new Rococo style.  The Rococo style was softer and more refined than the Baroque.  The dark colors and shadows of the Baroque were replaced by lighter greens, blues and pinks.  Most Rococo style paintings depicted the upper classes as we can see from Jean-Honoré Fragonard and Marguerite Gérard’s paintings.  However, with the onset of the Enlightenment, there was a return to the ideas of the classical period, thus ushering in the Neo-classical style. 




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A list of 18th century artist that painted the cat follows: 





Jacques Laurent Agasse (1767-1849, French)





Jacques Bachelier (1724-1806, French)


Francesco Bartolozzi (1728-1815, Italian)


Thomas Bewick (1753-1828, British)


Jean Jacques de Boissieu (1736-1810, French)


Louis-Marin Bonnet (1736-1793, French)


François Boucher (1703-1770, French)




Jean-Baptiste Siméon Chardin (1699-1779, French)


Giacomo Ceruti (1698-1767, Italian)


Jean François Colson (1733-1803, French)


Jacques Couché (1750-1808, French)


Guiseppe Maria Crespi (1665-1747, Italian)




Jacques Barthelemy Delamere (1716-1795, French)??


Alexandre François Desportes (1661-1743, French)


François Hurbert  Drouais (1727-1775, French)





Stephen Elmer (1714-1796, British)






Flemish School


Jean Honoré Fragonard (1732-1806, French)





Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788, British)


Marguerite Gérard (1761-1837, French)


Francisco de Goya (1746-1828, Spanish)


Jean Baptiste Greuze (1725-1805, French)




Rufus Hathway (1770-1822, British)


Wybrand Hendriks (1744-1831, Dutch)


William Hogarth (1697-1764, British)


John Hoppner (1758-1810, British)




Johann Eberhard Ihle (1727-1814, German)





John Kay (1742-1826, British)




Niklas Lafrensen (1737-1807, Swedish)


Nicolas Bernard Lépicié (1735-1784, French)


Payne Limner (no information)


Jean Étienne Liotard (1702-1789, Swiss-French)


Lombard School, (Italian)





James McArdell (1729-1765, Irish)


Philippe Mercier (1689-1760, French)


Gottfried Mind (1768-1814, Swiss)





Constantin Netscher (1668-1723, Dutch)


Augusto Nicodemo (1761-1800, Italian)





John Opie (1761-1807, British)


Jean Baptiste Oudry (1686-1755, French)





Jean Baptiste Perroneau (1715-1783, French)





Giovanni Reder (1693-1749, Italian)


Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792, British)


John Russell (1745-1806, British)





Paul Sandby (1725-1809, British)


Francis Sartorius (1734-1804, British)


Johann Botthold Seiffert (1760-1824, German)


George Smith (1713-1776, British)


John Raphael Smith (1752-1812, British)


George Stubbs (1724-1806, British)


Pierre Subleyras (1699-1749, French)





William Turner (1789-1862, British)




Joseph Van Aken (1699-1749, Flemish)


Pieter Van der Werff (1665-1722, Dutch)


Jan Van Kessel the younger (1654-1708, Dutch)


Willem Van Mieris (1662-1747, Dutch)


Abraham Van Strij (1753-1826, Dutch)





Joseph Wright of Derby (1734-1797, British)




Johann Zoffany (1733-1810, German)


Francesco Zuccarelli (1702-1788, Italian)


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