Meredith Greer asks whether Vincent van Gogh was a cat lover. Read on for the answer.
We don’t know for sure what Van Gogh thought of cats, but he hardly ever wrote about cats or other animals in his letters. Where he does mention cats, it’s only in general, as a metaphor or when describing a painting or someone else’s house.
Like when he wrote to his sister Anna in June 1890, after his nephew had visited him in Auvers-sur-Oise:
‘Theo, his wife and his child were here on Sunday and we lunched at Dr Gachet’s. Then my little namesake had pretty much his first encounter with the animal kingdom, since there are 8 cats, 3 dogs, as well as hens, rabbits, ducks, pigeons &c. in great numbers around the place. But I don’t think he understands very much of it for the present.’