Girl and Cat, by Ceri Geraldus Richards

girl next to a cat curled up on a chair

© Estate of Ceri Richards. All rights reserved, DACS 2016


Ceri Richards (1903-1971) was one of the first British artists to be influenced by Picasso. He developed a similar modernist style during the 1930s and 1940s. This watercolour shows distortions of the female form and the playful linear doodling also explored by Picasso. 

Girl and Cat is one of a group of works depicting the same subject that Richards produced in the 1940s. The first drawings showed the artist's daughter holding her pet cat. In later works, however, a model was used in place of his daughter.

This painting, which is not currently on display, is from the Walker Art Gallery's collection.

  • Watercolour on paper, painted in 1946
  • Presented by the Contemporary Art Society in May 1948
  • Accession number WAG 2246