Untitled (Two Cats), Eric Fischl (New York City 1948-), 1992, watercolor on paper, 11 5/8 x 14 1/2 inches.
"I like cats in paintings because they’re the opposite of dogs. You call a cat, they won’t come directly to you. Instead, it will go to an intermediate spot first, then shows up. It wants you to appreciate that third thing. And that is exactly what an artist does with a painting." —Eric Fischl
The two cats in “Untitled” are simply depicted using color and shadow without any contextual or background references. One wonders if they could be based on Eric Fischl’s own two cats Bebop and Hooper, who, according Fischl [As quoted by Emma Allen in The New Yorker, Oct. 6, 2014], “...[are] very respectful of art; it’s the one thing they haven’t peed on.” Fischl uses both cats and dogs in his work often to heighten an emotion or feeling.