Louis did not have the best start in life. Ginger Cat (1931) by Louis Wain.

Louis used Peter as the subject for many paintings and sketches and Emily encouraged Louis to publish this work. A cat-lover himself and sometime President of The National Cat Club, Wain claimed in an interview in 1896 that his "fanciful cat creations" were first suggested to him by Peter, his black & white cat.

The museum shares the site with the Bethlem Gallery.

Briefly forgotten he was discovered in this pauper’s asylum a year later and following an appeal involving many writers and artists, and the intervention of the Prime Minister himself, he was transferred to the new Napsbury hospital, in the Hertfordshire countryside. He did, however, have a talent for art. If you’re interested in Europe’s cultural heritage, sign up for our monthly newsletter. Outside In is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation Registered Charity Number 1171128. Rakewell’s spies in the West End tell him that John Adam Street is blocked off for the filming of Louis Wain, a biopic of the prolific Edwardian artist (played by Benedict Cumberbatch). But at times these pictures reveal a beautiful tranquility with animals living in harmony in bright utopian landscapes.

He worked at one time under the pseudonym of George Henri Thompson, illustrating numerous children’s books for Clifton Bingham, which were published by Ernest Nister Publishers. Indeed, some may have been in-progress while others were started and completed. Bethlem Museum of the Mind are currently presenting an exhibition of work by the artist Louis Wain, who spent time as a Bethlem patient. In 2011 Bryony curated a Louis Wain retrospective, ‘Communicating Through Cats: The Art and Mind of Louis Wain’, at Brent Museum and Archives. We asked artist and writer Glynis Spencer to take a look around the exhibition, which continues until 4 February.

To be able to offer this support, Louis began working as a freelance illustrator.
Entry is free. After Emily’s death, Louis continued to sketch and paint Peter and credited the cat as being the foundation of his career.

Museums © 2014, All rights reserved Contact us, Wellcome Library at the Wellcome Collection, Razpis za razstavljanje v Fotografskem muzeju 2020/21, Pozabljene Ljubljančanke: Vita Zupančič, predana učiteljica gluhonemih, »Morda bodo prišli še taki časi, ko boste morali jesti tak kruh, kjer bodo špice ven gledale.«, Daily art story: Louis Wain - The Man Who Drew Cats. Your email address will not be published. Modern opinions support a diagnosis more akin to Asperger’s Syndrome.

It is completely unknown what chronological order they may have been done in. Posters are a powerful tool in clear and consistent public health-messaging – so why aren’t we seeing more of them? Some of Louis’ more complicated paintings are extravagantly detailed and often referred to as the ‘Kaleidoscope Cats’. The museum cares for an internationally renowned collection of archives, art and historic objects, which together tell the story of mental healthcare and treatment. Do you work in a museum?

Louis Wain Printing Version: Louis Wain's Annual, 1911-1912 "Thank Goodness They Are Not Mine" Louis Wain's Annual 1915: 1905 "Where the Good Cats Go To" attributed to Louis Wain: June 1926, Gt. For more about Louis Wain, read The Perfect Cat and its Creator, an essay by Tony Thorne. Wells wrote. His financial difficulties, post war, contributed to a rapid decline into schizophrenia as Wain became isolated and unmanageable.

These options can change the way this website looks, which may help you to use it more easily. Log in to the online CMS to edit your museum listing: It's World Cat Day and as you might have already noticed - we love cats!We're dedicating this daily story to Louis Wain, an English artist best known for his drawings, which consistently featured anthropomorphized large-eyed cats and kittens.Louis Wain (1860-1939), a shy and eccentric personality, became famous by the age of 40 and at his most productive, painted 600 cat pictures a year, and published his celebrated Louis Wain Annuals between 1901 and 1914.His financial difficulties, post war, contributed to a rapid decline into schizophrenia as Wain became isolated and unmanageable. The Art of Louis Wain continues until 4 February at Bethlem Museum of the Mind, Bethlem Royal Hospital, Monks Orchard Road, Beckenham, Kent BR3 3BX. High-quality museum quality from Austrian manufactory. In this blog post she shares her thoughts. In these pleasant surroundings he lived on until 1935, painting ceaselessly and recreating a new and more colorful cat world.His later unpublished work is now well known to us as it reveals his schizophrenic illness: highly colored cats become more frenzied and the pictures are often crammed with paranoid delusional writing: cats are angry and more frenetic and often in the background are the curious buildings of the mental asylums. Benedict Cumberbatch photo: Wikimedia Commons/Gage Skidmore, Introducing Rakewell, Apollo’s wandering eye on the art world. ~Louis Wain. Required fields are marked *, Surveying the damage at this landmark suggests how long and difficult the road to rebuild Beirut – once again – will be. Copyright Bethlem Museum of the Mind.

Your email address will not be published. Bethlem Museum of the Mind is set within the extensive grounds of Bethlem Hospital, Beckenham. Louis Wain (1860-1939), a shy and eccentric personality, became famous by the age of 40 and at his most productive, painted 600 cat pictures a year, and published his celebrated Louis Wain Annuals between 1901 and 1914. All our newsletters.

Malvern: Diana and her Cat: Where's That Bird?

Louis’ later works, produced whilst in an asylum, are much more aggressive in nature and are reminiscent of 1960s Pop Art. Louis’ work was reproduced in various formats including post cards, which are much sought after today, and there was a Louis Wain Annual, which was published every year from 1901 until 1915, examples of which are in the exhibition. After the blast – at the Sursock Palace and Museum in Beirut, ‘Where are the posters to inform and persuade us in a pandemic?’, The pyramids at Giza looked very different when they were first built. A Kittens Christmas Party by Louis Wain as fine art print. Louis was transferred to Bethlem Royal Hospital, or ‘Bedlam’ as it was colloquially known, in Southwark, London. His mother was also a talented artist and designed for museums, as well as being involved with textile designs, used for Turkish carpets. This website uses cookies to improve your experience.

Born in 1860, he became famous for his anthropomorphic portrayals of cats. Your email address.

Two Psychiatrists, chiefly Walter Maclay, chose eight of Louis’ paintings to demonstrate Louis was suffering from Schizophrenia, whilst excluding paintings that did not support their theory. Louis produced hundreds of illustrations of cats and there were also some ceramics.

See more ideas about Louis wain cats, Cats, Cat art. Wain (1860–1939) was most famous for his drawings of anthropomorphised cats – with bulging eyes, fashionable accessories and, after his transfer to Bethlem Hospital in the 1920s, psychedelic complexions. When Louis was 23 he married Emily, who was 10 years his senior. After training at the West London School of Art, Louis worked for a short time as an art teacher. Louis’ paintings are a wonderful combination of humour and colour. ‘He invented a cat style, a cat society, a whole cat world,’ H.G. Louis’ sisters had a governess, Emily Rochester.

With new labels for some of its most contested objects the museum is engaging in an important conversation – but has it got the tone wrong? The Apollo 40 under 40 podcast: Mohamad Hafez, The week in art news – National Trust cuts 1,300 jobs, The week in art news – Kevin Young appointed director of Smithsonian’s African American history museum, ‘Setting people against objects makes for a grim discussion’. Tony Thorne is an author and linguist who writes about Outsider Art and Visionary Art.

As Louis developed his style, the cats became more and more anthropomorphic, and the exhibition depicts cats walking upright, wearing sophisticated clothing and smiling broadly. Around the time of First World War, Louis’ work became less popular and he became more impoverished.

(Wikipedia), Museum of the Leather Industry in Slovenia. Simple Simon (1905) by Louis Wain. Included amongst his admirers were H G Wells and the Prime Minister.

With or without painting frame. Subscribe. Unfortunately, soon after their wedding Emily developed breast cancer and died, after just three years of marriage. Bonhams. (#186132) But just down the road, outside the Adelphi building near the Embankment, the roads are closed for a very different reason. When his father died, Louis quit his job as a teacher to support his widowed mother and his five younger sisters. Visiting the exhibition, one sees extremely colourful paintings of cats playing musical instruments, at the opera, fishing, playing cards and serving tea, alongside chocolate box style paintings of Tudor cottages. See more ideas about Louis wain cats, Cats, Louis.

We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Cricket Catastrophe (1914) by Louis Wain. Entry is free.


See more ideas about Louis wain cats, Cat art, Cats artists.

Cats in Art: Louis Wain, The Bachelor’s Party, ca. It is clear to see from these paintings how Louis’ parents’ employment influenced this work, as many of these paintings would have been ideal for reproduction as textiles. Museums face difficult financial choices, but there has to be a better way forward than the pitting of staff against permanent collections. Two Birds in Bush (c. 1930) by Louis Wain. Copyright Bethlem Museum of the Mind. This gives me doubly nature, and these studies I think [to be] my best humorous work." The whole gallery is devoted to the exhibition, allowing the viewer to concentrate on each individual piece and compare how Louis’ work progressed or deteriorated, depending on your point of view, along with his mental condition.

Louis disliked school and often played truant, spending much of his time wandering around the streets of London.
This is a very colourful and engaging exhibition that all ages will enjoy. (By Chris Beetles)Louis Wain, The Bachelor PartyLouis Wain, In the VineyardLouis Wain, Three cats singingWellcome Library at the Wellcome CollectionLouis Wain, Three cats performing a song and dance actWellcome Library at the Wellcome CollectionLouis Wain, Tabbies in Hyde ParkWellcome Library at the Wellcome CollectionLouis Wain, A cat in "gothic" style. The essay is made available thanks to the Henry Boxer Gallery.