This is 4th of several posts on the art of Marguerite Gerard.
Image credit Musee de Grasse, The Swaddled Cat, Marguerite Gerard, 1778, etching, held by Musee de Grasse, size unspecified.
Here's what the museum web site tells us about this etching:
Around 1775, Marguerite Gérard, who was
barelyable to read and write, moved into the house of her sister, Marie-Anne Gérard, who had been married to Jean-Honoré Fragonard for six years. She became Fragonard's pupil and learned to paint, draw and engrave. Fragonard undoubtedly corrected the drawings of his young pupil and introduced her to etching, which enabled her to proudly sign this first print in 1778: The Swaddled Cat.
In 1780, she began to
collaboratewith the master, as shown by the engravings which include the statement "painted by Fragonard and Miss Gérard", and the signing of several prints.
First off, young Marguerite did this etching when she was a 17 year old. Not too shabby an effort! And the rendering of the kitty--that facial expression of total relaxation and bliss is captured so well. That cat is in kitty heaven, at least for the moment. It reminds me of the stories my mother-in-law tells me about growing up on the farm in the 1930s, where she would dress up the barn cats and push them around in a stroller.
[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!]