Centuries Before Memes, There Were The LOLCats Of Japanese Woodprints

February 26, 2015 2:41 PM

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Centuries Before Memes, There Were The LOLCats Of Japanese Woodprints

Before the age of memedom -- before LOLcats and Lil Bub and Grumpy Cat and Henri, le Chat Noir -- there was ukiyo-e.

Typically, we associate the centuries-old Japanese art form with wood print masters like Katsushika Hokusai and Hishikawa Moronobu, who rendered everything from "Great Waves" to Edo-era erotica. But, as a recent exhibition has graciously pointed out, cats played a surprisingly prominent role in the ...

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