Social Media of the Week: Fat Cat Art

Social Media of the Week: Fat Cat Art

This week’s selection: Instagram account @FatCatArt, which features a rotund orange tabby cat inserted into master paintings. The account was created by artist and cat owner Svetlana Petrova.

Why we love it: Despite her love of historical art, Petrova never takes the account — or the works she’s parodying — too seriously. Plus, the cat, named Zarathustra, loves to pose. “Sometimes I am inspired by his poses, so coquettish or so dramatic that some old paintings come to mind automatically,” Petrova told ALL ARTS. “He is a natural born artist and he knows he is making art.”

Backstory: Petrova inherited Zarathustra in 2008 after the death of her mother. “I was so close to my mother, and miss her so much,” she told ALL ARTS. “After her death I fell into a hard depression, and I was unable to make something creative for about two years. And it was Zarathustra who saved me. Zarathustra was and is a living memory of my mother.”

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bi7NT9KnIGh/?hl=en&taken-by=fatcatart

https://www.instagram.com/p/BhzV2OQhYKi/?hl=en&taken-by=fatcatart

https://www.instagram.com/p/BmBivRynWeB/?hl=en

https://www.instagram.com/p/BkIdJqyAzyC/?hl=en&taken-by=fatcatart

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bj7m3eznN7L/?hl=en&taken-by=fatcatart

https://www.instagram.com/p/BjXzGeUn-bg/?hl=en&taken-by=fatcatart

https://www.instagram.com/p/BfOVUFXgTLH/?hl=en&taken-by=fatcatart

Top Image: Courtesy of @FatCatArt