It's a good thing the sun is out and it's a Friday, because otherwise today sucks.

The world's greatest cat painting won't be unveiled at the Portland Art Museum today after all.

Severe winter weather delayed its journey from New York, where the 1891 painting just sold for $826,000 at Sotheby's. Set to arrive in time for PAM's $5 Friday tonight, it'll probably be delivered next week instead.

photo from – portlandartmuseum.org
photo from – portlandartmuseum.org

"Sadly, no joy from the cat herders this morning," wrote PAM PR manager Ian Gillingham in an email to WW. "I just got off the phone with the registrar, and it looks like the cat painting will probably be here after the weekend—probably installing Tuesday, probably."

The museum knows it's breaking hearts: "Sorry for the shifting dates! I know we're all shivering with antici…pawtion."

So close your eyes and imagine, if you will, the 8-foot-wide, 227-pound canvas covered in 42 cats. Or go to the museum and take a selfie in the photo booth reproduction of the painting, like these cool people:

See all the cat photobooth photos on the Portland Art Museum’s flickr page – www.flickr.com/photos/portlandartmuseum
See all the cat photobooth photos on the Portland Art Museum’s flickr page – www.flickr.com/photos/portlandartmuseum
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If all else fails, YouTube.

GO: Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave. 5 pm Friday, Jan. 29. $5.