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The Cat Poster Art of Louis Wain



We just recently learned about Louis Wain. He was a popular artist back in the 1800’s who spent most of his life drawing animals. He is most famous for his Cat art. The first Cat he drew was of his own Cat ‘Peter’ and later he would develop a style of Cat art that would define his career.

Louis Wain Cat Poster

Louis studied at the West London School of Art and later became a teacher there. He was very successful as a freelance artist drawing animals and landscapes. It wasn’t until he was married that he started creating many wonderful drawings of cats mostly based on his own Cat.

We found a wonderful collection of his Cat art, available as high quality Giclee prints that you can see below. As Louis Wain continued to draw Cats as his main subject he developed a style that showed anthropomorphic portrayals of Cats. This type of art was very popular at their time.

As you can see in his Cats posters Louis Cats were depicted in various settings and were involved in many human type activities. The style is very unique and quite entertaining.

Take a look through his art and click any image to see more info or to get a print for your own collection.

Louis Wain Cat Poster

The Mewsical Family

Louis unique style of showing Cats involved in human activities is shown here as a family of Cats enjoying a musical evening together.
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Louis Wain Cat Poster

A Head Study of a Tabby Cat

One of Louis Wain’s earlier work is a beautiful portrait of a Tabby Cat and a wonderful example of his artisitic talent.
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Louis Wain Cat Poster

Cat Stalking

A strikingly colorful painting of a Cat enjoying itself in the Garden and stalking something in the grass.
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Louis Wain Cat Poster

Cat in a Rainbow

In this Cat poster all the colors of the rainbow adorn this stylized Cat Painting. The Cat even appears to be amazed by all the bright colors.
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Louis Wain Cat Poster

A Cat with her Kittens

An almost cartoon-like painting of a very cautious looking Mother Cat and her three kittens.
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Louis Wain Cat Poster

Top Cat!

We’re not sure if this Cat is heading home from somewhere or on his way out to a party, but he’s certainly happy with his top hat and cane where ever he is heading.
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Louis Wain Cat Poster

Cheeky Mouse!

An interesting picture of two cat and a mouse. The mouse doesn’t seem to be very bothered by the Cats and the Cats don’t appear to be too happy to see the mouse.
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Louis Wain Cat Poster

Cat in a Sea of Flowers

A nicely stylized painting of a Tuxedo cat sitting in a bed of flowers with the bright golden colors reflected in the Cats eyes.
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Louis Wain Cat Poster

Cat and Her Kittens

This painting shows some of Louis Wain’s landscape artistry in this happy scene of a big Grey Cat sitting in a field with her playful kittens.
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Louis Wain Cat Poster

Mother Cat with Fan and Two Kittens

This painting shows Louis Wain’s later style of Cats standing upright, dressed in human clothing and participating in human activities.
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Louis Wain Cat Poster

Cats in a Garden

Two fun loving Cats hanging out in the Garden on a beautiful summer day.
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Louis Wain Cat Poster

Cat in Holly

This may have been a piece created for a Christmas Card in the 1800’s or early 1900’s. An expressive portrait of a great Cat in a bed of holly with a very striking red background.
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Louis Wain Cat Poster

The Modern ‘Arry and ‘Arriet, 1913

A modern Cat couple in the style of dress of the times out enjoying the day. Another example of Louis Wain style of drawing anthropomorphic Cats in human situations.
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Louis Wain Cat Poster

Cat Dressed as a Judge

This Cat is the law. This skillfully illustrated Grey Cat sitting in the judges chair seems to be enjoying his job.
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Louis Wain was a very prolific artist over the course of his career sometimes producing several 100 drawings a year. He also illustrated over 100 children’s books and he had many of his works published in various papers, journals and magazines.

Louis’s work was reproduced on picture postcards for a number of years and as a result has become a popular collector’s item. From 1898 to 1911 Louis was also the chairman of the National Cat Club which is the oldest Cat Club in the United Kingdom.

Read more about Louis Wain, his life and his Art on his Wikipedia page.

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