Friday, July 29, 2011

New Book About Louis Wain, the Cat Artist Who Went Insane

by Stephen J. Gertz

Cat lovers have something to purr about with the release of Louis Wain's Cats, a new book on  the celebrated cat artist who went 'round the bend but, before and afterward, created some of the most memorable and endearing anthropomorphic cat images ever produced; there are Louis Wain cats and  all the others, jealous not to have been drawn by him. 

Published to accompany an upcoming exhibition, Louis Wain and the Summer Cat Show, August 14 - September 4, 2011, at Chris Beetles Art Gallery in London, the book includes over 300 beautiful color images, many shown for the first time, brought to life with text by Chris Beetles, the leading authority on Louis Wain.

This book comprises a comprehensive survey of the life and work of one of the best known cat artists of the Victorian and Edwardian period, including a new biography, and catalogue raisonnĂ© of Louis Wain’s Lucky Futurist Mascots, his unique ceramic creations.

The book is a companion piece to Louis Wain The Man Who Drew Cats by Rodney Dale, published by Chris Beetles in 2006.

The first 1000 copies of this first edition will be signed and numbered by Chris Beetles.

BEETLES, Chris. Louis Wain's Cats. London: Worth Press, 2011. Square quarto (260 x 260 mm). 255 pp. 411 plates, over 300 in color. Hardcover. £25.00 ($40.80) plus shipping. To order contact Chris Beetles Gallery.

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