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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, October 28, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 27',
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ARE ALL CHARMING WOMEN CATS?
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Yasushi Tanaka, Japanese Artist Who Painted "The Blue Cat," and the
Picture Which Has Raised All the Fuss
Seattle, Wash., Oct 28. -"Women
with charm women with power
over men are like cats," says Ya
"They have the primitive, 'feline
inscrutabteness of the Sphinx!"
A talented young Japanese artist,
Tanaka has brought a controversial
whirlwind about his head because of
this outspoken Oriental fancy.
It started with a public exhibition
here of "The Blue Cat," a portrait
of an American woman into which
he Japanese had painted his concep
tion of feline fenuninity.
Ndw the discussion threatens to
spread to art circles everywhere.
"Beautiful, attractive women," main
tains this bronzed Bernard Shaw of
the Orient, "always have the cat-like
quality of feature and spirit
"The1 face of the woman I portray
ed in the 'Blue Cat' suggests that of
a baby tiger. 'The width of cheek
bones, the nervous quality of the
brows and the expression of the eyes
is distinctly feline. , This physical
structure is peculiarly attractive to
me, as an artist and I believe it is
to all men. It suggests reserve en
ergy; hidden fires!
"Wherever the cattish quality is
found in women there is sure to be
some powerful lure of personality."
Many Seattle club women, critics
and art patrons were shocked at Ta
naka's conception. They have taken
his characterization of women as se