Cat, Louis Wain

Cubist cat with a yellow face and green yellow body

 

Design registered 1914, Earthenware and hand-painted, Lent by B. Meyer

Louis Wain (1860 - 1939) was famous for his drawings and paintings of cats. This cat's geometric and angular form shows the possible influence of Cubism - a style of painting which began around 1908 and was led by Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) and Georges Braque (1882-1963). This could be a serious use of the Cubist style or a 'tongue-in-cheek' jokey reference.