An unsung hero of cat art history is Girard “Gig” Goodenow. I can’t even find a biography of him online, but a Google search of his name will give you plenty images of his art. I had a set of four of his “Pity Kitties” with huge, sad eyes in my bedroom when I was four years old. But a few years ago I found a print of one of the series of cat prints he did for Women’s Day…the Abyssinian, of course.
Well, I finally got around to finding a frame for it, and, after I unrolled it to look at it after years of it being packed away, both Björn and I were struck by how much it looked like a portrait of…Alfred. Eerily so, considering the print is 53 years old.
So we got Freddy to pose next to his two-dimensional doppleganger.
Or, rather, I should say we tried to get him to pose. It didn’t start off well…
This is one of the best photos of them together!
At last Freddy took a good look at the portrait.
“Wow! That really kinda does look like me!”
“This is amazing..! It’s like looking in a mirror!”
I think Freddy has a new-found appreciation for vintage cat art. I wonder if this Abyssinian was based on one of Freddy’s ancestors?