Cat Memes Are Finally Considered High Art

by Oriana Asano

I like Classical Art…and I also like voluptuous ginger cats. I’m sure I’m not the only one. Russian artist Svetlana Petrova probably heard the art world (and me) cry for more cat-tastic representation. Our “we need moar catz!@$!” vibes were heard! Petrova has a website that we can waste away hours on appropriately named FatCatArt

Petrova photoshops her big cat, Zarathustra, into classics like Hokusai’s Great Wave off Kanagawa and Wood’s American Gothic. I think Wood’s ascetic painting looks more cheerful with Zarathustra, no? 

Petrova claims Zarathustra is a natural artist and model and their work is being featured at the Stonehouse Mill in England right now in an exhibition titled, “From Icons to I-Cats”. I would bet more people would flood museums if it meant we got to see Zarathustra embedded in our favorite works! 

Here are some of more of my favorites!

It’s clear now that the ambiguous figure in Edvard Munch’s Scream is actually a cat. 

Zarathustra chillen with the Nighthawks. 

Stop Zarathustra! It’s not appropriate to clean yourself in a Monet! 

Artwork courtesy of

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