Cat portrait love

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.

Librarian for Life + Style | My Wife's Lovers painting

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat selfie

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.

Librarian for Life + Style | Enjoying the cat portrait

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! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Posing in the cat portrait photo booth

Librarian for Life + Style | Cat portrait photo booth takeaway

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.

Happy Friday!


7 thoughts on “Cat portrait love

  1. Mike

    Oooh, so awesome Jen! If this exhibit is a traveling one, I hope that it comes here! I would love to see this in person! Thanks for sharing and happy anniversary to you and Sam!

      1. Mike

        I would love to see this in person. It looks amazing! And speaking of traveling exhibits, some time ago, our museum held one called Kaleidoscope Quilts. It was a wonderful display of all these wonderfully made quilts by Paula Nadelstern. I distinctly remembered these as they were HUGE and so awesome to see in person. I wish they’d bring them back.


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