Did you know that you don't need X-Windows for graphics on Linux? Here's a few console programs that can display graphics using the framebuffer:
Display and manage images directly from the command line.
A simple web browser without CSS and JS, can display inline images when switched to graphics mode with the -g param: 'links2 -g'
Play videos straight from the console! Can be a little tricky.
(And yes, I used a 5:4 monitor the screenshots.)
Short answer: no, it only works within an X session, thanks for the explanation! (no obligation to read on)
@polychrome kitty is itself a terminal emulator, so I sort of figured it wouldn't work without a graphical interface, but out of curiosity I tried the icat command in TTY and it said "Terminal does not support reporting screen sizes via the TIOCGWINSZ ioctl"
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