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This author-signed, numbered, limited edition has been selling steadily ever since 2002. Its predecessor "King of the Cat Artists" sold from 1982-2002 and is now selling in rare book sections of major bookstores for prices ranging from $180 - $800 apiece.Contraportada:
Louis Wain was an artistic genius with a touch of madness that made him especially fascinating. His imagination took flight and his sense of fun broke through in a tremendous output of cat art that kept him creating saleable work from before he was 20 until age 79 when he died (in 1939).
During a storm a stray kitten cried on his windowledge. He took in the little charmer and instantly his fantasies turned to cats. Cats writing letters with ink-smudged paws - cats asleep in bed, dreaming of mice and birds - cats wearing ballgowns and flirting behind fans while roving cat waiters served mouse hors d'oevres.
The first of many scenes, featuring 230 cats became the sensational centerspread of the Christmas 1896 issue of London's Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News, and sped him along the road to fame.
When Louis Wain fell in love it was with Emily, the vivacious governess of his youngest sister. His prudish Catholic family was so infuriated he ran away and lived-in-sin with the lady when such behavior was taboo. After three glorious years Emily died, but she remained in his heart forever.
Invited to the United States for 3 days to open the Beresford Cat Show in Chicago he remained for three years, undaunted by fierce competition from American artists such as Charles Dana Gibson, creator of the glamorous Gibson Girls. He was snapped up by the New York American newspaper to illustrate the full front page of their Sunday Cartoon Section, was deluged with assignments from prosperous calendar and postcard concerns, squired an elegant socialite around Manhattan, and earned a small fortune.
Starting in 1924 he b ecame a pauper inmate of a string of English lunatic asylums – including the gruesome Bedlam. He flouted the rules, spent precious, secret moments with a young poetress from the women's wing, and created radiantly colored paintings that, today, are among the highest priced examples of his work.
Presented in the foremat of a fast paced novel, this inside story of Louis Wain's life is revealed against a background of prevailing conditions in England, America and the world, in a vivid, realistic and entertaining fashion.
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