That thoughtful face - where have I seen it before? Oh yes, just now when brushing KatV. Doesn't this piece have a modern feel in its stripped-down, wry presence? Perhaps you'll be as surprised as I am that this is a work by the Japanese nihonga painter Hishida Shunso (1874-1911). Nihonga is a painting style that keeps to traditionally Japanese materials and conventions; the term and the style evolved in the Meiji era as a means of definition from the Western-style art also created by Japanese artists at the time. Shunso's own talent comes through in the combination of judiciously applied shading within the cat's lines. I particularly like the white that makes the chest and rear leg seem softly lit and velvety.