Specifically, it reminds me of Mr. Bill, our brain-damaged, fledgling heifer of a cat that howls at bugs, chases laser-pointer lights up walls, eats Cheeze-Its and spends endless hours intently watching our dwarf hamster's cage, which is forever out of his reach.1
The painting was done in 1887 by German artist Paul Hoecker (1854-1910).2 It appears as if Hoecker might have "signed" his work on one of the tiles in the upper-left portion of the painting. Agree?
I have a little kitty,
I'm very fond of her;
I give her milk and crackers,4
And stroke her silky fur.
We sit before the fire,
She sleeps upon my knee.5
I'm very fond of kitty
And kitty is fond of me.
"Witches and zombies and scarecrows! Oh my!" and "A whole mess of lazy on a Sunday afternoon."
2. The only decent biography of Hoecker (at right) that I could find is on the German-language Wikipedia.
3. "The Girl with the Cat" features lyrics by Mabel Livingstone and music by Mana-Zucca.
4. Cheeze-Its, perhaps?
5. Most of our cats won't fit on my knee.