Those Vegetables!

By | 2017-11-12T20:23:02+00:00 November 12th, 2017|

It’s not just animals that we gift or burden with human traits. Artists have also freed vegetables from their roots, allowing them to find both love and jealously human-style. Below are examples from Amédée Varin’s beautiful 1851 edition of L’Empire des légumes.  (Click on an image to see a scroll-through slide show.) Advertisers [...]

Warwick Goble

By | 2018-02-10T22:34:15+00:00 November 12th, 2017|

  Warwick Goble (November 22, 1862 – January 22, 1943)  studied at the City of London School and the Westminster School of Art.  He initially worked for a printer and depended on local gazettes for publication of his work.  But he achieved success as an artist in his early thirties: The Royal Academy began exhibiting his [...]

Louis Wain’s Cats

By | 2017-11-12T13:43:39+00:00 November 12th, 2017|

“I take a sketch-book to a restaurant, or other public place, and draw the people in their different positions as cats, getting as near to their human characteristics as possible. This gives me doubly nature, and these studies I think [are] my best humorous work.” – Louis Wain British artist Louis Wain created an entire world of cats.  They [...]

Those Pigs!

By | 2018-02-07T19:50:50+00:00 November 12th, 2017|

THOSE PIGS! The cat wasn’t the only muse of late 19th and early 20th century artists.  Creative artists turned six-hundred-pound pigs into graceful tutu-wearing dancers, opera singers and refined butlers. Publishers, including Raphael Tuck & Sons, frequently chose anthropomorphic pigs for the cover of their Christmas and New Year’s cards, and pigs were frequently drawn [...]


By | 2017-11-12T04:32:05+00:00 November 12th, 2017|

Those Lovable Dogs “If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went."  - Will Rogers Dog pilots, judges, doctors and lepidopterists?  Yes, what can be imagined can be created, especially if those doing the creating are talented artists like Louis Wain and Arthur Thiele.  To see some [...]