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White Pussycat at an Open Window
White Pussycat at an Open Window White Pussycat at an Open Window

By Jacobus van Looy

White Pussycat at an Open Window
White Pussycat at an Open Window White Pussycat at an Open Window

This painting by Van Looy of his own cat is remarkably light, lending it a summery feel. The sunlight is reflected off the cat’s chest. Van Looy usually painted in quite dark colours, but here he uses light tones and wide, smooth brushstrokes. Van Looy never completed this piece. For this reason, the layout has remained sketchy and the painting lacks a coat of varnish. This impressionistic technique was common among many contemporaries, such as Isaac Israels and George Hendrik Breitner. Van Looy, however, preferred paintings which were somewhat more complete. The reason why he never completed this painting is unknown.

Year

1895

Material

oil on canvas

Dimensions

126,4 x 75 cm

Credit

Frans Hals Museum, Stichting Jacobus van Looy

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