Sunday, December 6, 2009

Louis Wain and the Cat Paintings from Psychosis

I've been fascinated by the Louis Wain pictures of cats that he allegedly drew while increasingly being affected by psychosis. In fact, the four-picture progression is in both my regular and AP textbooks. Wain, to my surprise, was a long-time artist who drew cats with human expression for some years. One set of pictures is here. According to Mindhacks, the progression is false and they make their case with a history of Wain and his psychosis with more detail than I ever knew existed about the artist. Fascinating. This publisher site has more detail about Wain's life and more drawings of his cats. Mindhacks also has this link to more Wain work. Enjoy.

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