Artists and Their Pets 2020-Mar-23

Artists and Their Pets: Henri Matisse

Pets provide companionship and emotional support, and reduce stress levels and loneliness during these uncertain days. Notable artists were inspired by their animal companions and they often contributed to their body of work. This is the first in an ongoing series of famous artists and their animal muses. Enjoy!

French painter Henri Matisse led the Fauvist movement that celebrated bold color and simplified forms. He loved cats, especially his favorite felines, Minouche, and Coussi. In true French fashion, they breakfasted on brioche. Although cats were not featured heavily in his work, they were his constant companions. At the end of his life, Matisse often worked from bed with them by his side.

Henri Matisse and his cats

Free Movie “Loving Vincent” at the Dubuque Museum of Art

Carnegie-Stout Public Library and the Dubuque Museum of Art are partnering to show the movie “Loving Vincent” at DuMA on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. Admission is free, but seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The 2017 Oscar-nominated movie “Loving Vincent” is the world’s first fully painted feature film. A team of 125 artists used the same techniques as Vincent Van Gogh to create each of the film’s 65,000 frames out of oil paintings on canvas. We will watch “Loving Vincent” at the Dubuque Museum of Art, after DuMA Education Director Margaret Buhr talks about Van Gogh’s life and work.

The movie is 1 hour 35 minutes long, and is rated PG-13 for “mature thematic elements, some violence, sexual material and smoking.” For more information, please call Carnegie-Stout Public Library at 563-589-4225 or visit, or call the Dubuque Museum of Art at 563-557-1851 or visit