Why Cats Paint

BOOK REVIEW • WHO KNEW CATS COULD PAINT?


According to authors Burton Silver and Heather Busch, Pepper isn’t just playing with paint but constructing his own self-portrait.

 WHY CATS PAINT, A theory of feline aesthetics, written by Burton Silver and Heather Busch is consisting a photography collection of cats painting, which is indeed unprecedented, one-of-a-kind, and humorous.

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While the book is catching the readers’ attention with striking images, the authors seem to be mocking with the pretentious art criticism, by explaining feline aesthetics in mock serious, in tongue-cheek text.

In the preface, the authors have written:

“It is our belief that we must supress our desire to see cats confirming our perceptions and values through their art, and rather than attempting to determine the direction of their aesthetic development on our terms, we must allow these few cats who paint to develop their own special potential. Only in this way can we be certain they will be able to communicate their unique, undiluted view of the world and perhaps provide us with the clues we need to ensure the survival and future well-being of all species - provided, of course, we can trust them to tell us the truth.”

Burton Silver and Heather Busch,

Wellington 2006