Last weekend, Sam and I combined our anniversary (19 years together! our wedding anniversary is in August) with Valentine’s Day. Our day of fun included visiting the Portland Art Museum, where the famous cat portrait, My Wife’s Lovers, is on display through May 15.
Here’s how the painting is described on the Portland Art Museum website:
The Portland Art Museum is thrilled to announce that the greatest cat painting ever made is now on view. Carl Kahler’s My Wife’s Lovers is a massive painting commissioned by San Francisco philanthropist Kate Birdsall Johnson in 1891. The 6-by-8.5-foot canvas, which features 42 of the millionaire’s beloved cats, was seen at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, survived the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, and now makes a stop in one of the cat-friendliest cities in the country.
It is truly an experience to see this painting up close. So many details! The artist, Carl Kahler, definitely captured different (and playful!) aspects of feline behavior. The cat in the center is a Persian cat named Sultan, and I love how the artist captured his larger-than-life presence and personality.
The museum also had a photo booth where you could pose within the cat portrait. Sam snapped an informal photo of me, and we posed later for an “official” cat portrait together. They even had props! 😀
And in case you’re wondering about my outfit, I wore the same outfit as in this post, and my sweater says “Follow Your Heart.” ♥ Sam and I kept it casual for our date and the rainy Portland weather.