|OD'd on catnip at Woodstock|
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Louis Wain's cat art
collectible children's books, I came a person unknown to me, British artist Louis Wain. He began drawing cats to amuse his sick wife, and then the floodgates opened. He eventually illustrated about ~100 children's books, and his work appeared widely in papers, journals, and magazines (including the Louis Wain Annual, from 1901 to 1915). As time went by, he began exhibiting signs of schizophrenia (possibly precipitated by toxoplasmosis), whereupon his art took on qualities prefiguring the psychedelia of the '60s. I sure would like to get a hold of his Cat Alphabet!
So now that I've whetted your appetite for something we don't have, here's something we do!