Back in the 19th century, a San Franciscan millionaire named Kate Johnson lived in her mansion with her husband and 300-plus cats (as some newspapers at the time suggested). The fabulous cat lady loved her feline friends so much, she commissioned artist Carl Kahler to create a masterful painting of some of her pets. According to the CBC, he spent three years sketching 42 of them individually and then added the cats to a canvas that will just simply take your breath away.
At 1.9 by 2.6 metres, the painting, jokingly name named My Wife’s Lovers by Johnson’s husband, is believed to be the world’s largest painting of cats, according the CBC.
Earlier this month, an unnamed 21st century cat lady purchased the enormous work of art for just over $1 million at a Sotheby’s art auction. And who better to own it, right? Who other than a cat lady would be able to appreciate the 42 individual cats and their unique expressions? Who else could pull up a seat and study each and every one for hours on end? No one, we say.