Image credit to the art repro site Oceans Bridge, The Corner of the Studio, Octave Tassaert, 1845, oil on canvas, 18" x 15", held by the Louvre, Paris.
And the kitty close-up from the center left:
Bugler tells us:
This painting illustrates perfectly the romantic cliche of a penniless artist starving in his garret...but at least he has some company--a beautiful cat, which characteristically has found the warmest position in the room, in front of the fire.
Couple of comments. Cats and warmth: duh!
Second, we get used to instant gratification on the web, such that when it doesn't happen we are outraged. Case in point: the Louvre's searchable database of paintings is pretty crappy in my humble opinion. Bugler tells us that this work is held there, yet I cannot find any trace of it. Perhaps it has been sold or traded to another museum.
Third....but, when I Google this work by title and artist, the only hits I get are for art reproduction sites. Until I started my weekly Cats in Art posts, I had no idea that such enterprises existed. Basically you can order a brand new, hand-painted repro of some famous artwork, in whatever size you wish (you ought to click over to the Ocean's Bridge site I provide above in the image credit).
I am not making value judgments about the propriety of buying a reproduction, just observing that my search for this work, A Corner of the Studio, was fruitless...except for numerous art reproduction sellers.
[Gary note: With my Cats in Arts posts, I encourage you to scope out the art appreciation site Artsy (I have no financial interest in the site, I just like it), where you can explore many aspects of the world of art. You'll certainly be entertained and enlightened!]