The World's Greatest Paintings Were Missing Something... Ahh, A Big Orange Cat!

May 30, 2014

Russian artist Svetlana Petrova has become well-known for her online artwork of famous portraits featuring her big orange cat, Zarathustra.

fat cat in classic paintings
Svetlana Petrova / FatCatArt.ru

"Zarathustra likes posing and is a really intelligent cat," said Petrova. "He likes to lie on his back and make strange faces like he's speaking with somebody, so I began to take photos of him and inserted them into paintings."

fat cat in classic paintings
Svetlana Petrova / FatCatArt.ru

Sometimes it's a character in the original painting, sometimes it's an added character.

fat cat in classic paintings
Svetlana Petrova / FatCatArt.ru

"Sometimes people don't realise it is not the original painting - my friend went to the airport with a gift I gave her of one of the artworks in a museum-style frame and it was very hard for her to prove to customs it wasn't an old painting."

fat cat in classic paintings
Svetlana Petrova / FatCatArt.ru

fat cat in classic paintings
Svetlana Petrova / FatCatArt.ru

fat cat in classic paintings
Svetlana Petrova / FatCatArt.ru

fat cat in classic paintings
Svetlana Petrova / FatCatArt.ru

fat cat in classic paintings
Svetlana Petrova / FatCatArt.ru

fat cat in classic paintings
Svetlana Petrova / FatCatArt.ru

fat cat in classic paintings
Svetlana Petrova / FatCatArt.ru

fat cat in classic paintings
Svetlana Petrova / FatCatArt.ru

fat cat in classic paintings
Svetlana Petrova / FatCatArt.ru

fat cat in classic paintings
Svetlana Petrova / FatCatArt.ru

fat cat in classic paintings
Svetlana Petrova / FatCatArt.ru

fat cat in classic paintings
Svetlana Petrova / FatCatArt.ru

"For me it was a possibility to create something that is beautiful and make people investigate something new and interesting, and try and create some art themselves."

Via BBC

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