The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of February 27, 2024

Pair of Cats

Pair of Cats

c. 1920–28
(Austrian, 1901-?)
(Austria, Vienna, 1903–32)
Overall: 12.5 x 12.1 cm (4 15/16 x 4 3/4 in.)
Location: not on view

Did You Know?

Animals fascinated early modern designers interested in kinetic form and patterns of decoration.


Austrian designers Walter Bosse and Kitty Rix feature colorful, bright forms in their ceramic figures that conjure whimsy and invite imagined stories. Their exaggerated features—such as oversize eyes, ears, and whiskers as well as elongated necks or shortened limbs—use caricature to emphasize elements of form, engaging the viewer through humor and charm. Throughout their careers, Bosse and Rix produced modernist designs for the two leading artist workshops—the Wiener Werkstätte and the Austrian Werkbund.
  • 1929
    (Purchased from Kuster, Perry & Co., Munich, Germany)
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Stories From Storage. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (February 7-May 16, 2021).
  • {{cite web|title=Pair of Cats|url=false|author=Kitty Rix, Wiener Werkstätte|year=c. 1920–28|access-date=27 February 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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