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Clare Newberry 2 Black Kittens W White Faces Playing 1940 Vintage Print Matted For Sale

Clare Newberry 2 Black Kittens W White Faces Playing 1940 Vintage Print Matted

Antique, bevel-mattedprint from a portfolio of drawings "APRIL'S KITTENS," by Clare Turlay Newberry, published in 1940.




This print isabout 75 years old and guaranteed to be original. It’s an authentic oldprint from the aforementioned publication, and NOT A REPRODUCTION.

The print is 7 3/4" x 9 1/4". Matted the print measures 11" x 14". This is a standard size mat that will fit into a standard size frame—no costly custom frames required.



About The Mats

All of our prints arebevel matted ina very high quality, and simple off-white/ivory matting. The backing, WHICH IS NOT ATTACHED TO THE PRINT, but which should b kept with the print when framed, also meets the same high quality standard. We take pride in what we sell—look at our response.

All mats are acid-free and the small piece of tapeused to attach the print to the top of the mat is artists tape. This print is truly ready to be framed and preserved.

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About Clare Turlay Newberry

Clare Turlay Newberry was born in Enterprise, Oregon, but spent most of her childhood in Vancouver, Washington. As a small child she worshipped cats, and when she began to draw at the age of two kittens were her favorite subject. As she grew older she planned to be a writer and illustrator of children’s books, and after a year at the University of Oregon she spent two years in art schools in Portland and San Francisco. Later she went to Paris, where she studied another two years and wrote and illustrated her first picture book, Herbert the Lion, which was the expression of her own childhood desire to have a lion as a pet.

The following year she went to New York to live, and here for the first time she began to draw and paint domestic cats from life. Also she continued her study of the big felines at the Central Park and Bronx zoos.

Mittens, published in 1936, established her reputation as a painter of cats. In the five years after the publication of Herbert the Lion complete change had taken place in her technique. The Mittens illustrations, although strongly decorative in feeling, give an astonishingly realistic effect of life and fur. No one else had ever painted such convincing kittens. The book became a best seller and was chosen one of the Fifty Books of the Year by the American Institute of Graphic arts. It has since been translated into several languages.

Babette, published in the following year, contains some of the artist’s best work. Here the sinuous charm of the Siamese cat is expressed with an economy of means seldom seen in Occidental art. She is surer of her drawing than in Mittens, and less preoccupied with realistic detail.

Since then Mrs. Newberry has written and illustrated a series of books about cats which has made her work widely known both here and abroad. She had her first one-man show in 1940 at the Arden gallery. She has continued to concentrate on the cat family and hopes eventually to paint all its members, wild as well as domestic.

Her method of working requires endless patience, for cats do not hold still to be drawn. Before attempting finished work she devotes several months to daily sketching of the subject to be portrayed, making hundreds of action sketches in pencil, pen and ink, charcoal, Conte crayon, and pastel. This enables her to memorize the characteristics of the cat so completely that she can finally, without referring again to the model, execute a series of water colors that are actual portrayals of the animal.

Her watercolors are usually monochrome paintings with a slight touch of color, and are done with great rapidity on soaking wet paper. The apparent ease and spontaneity of their execution, however, is the end result of many repetitions of the same design, each composition starting as a more or less realistic representation and gradually becoming organized into a satisfying continuous rhythmic movement.

Mrs. Newbery’s debt to the orient is obvious, but her third-dimensional quality is distinctly Western, as is her interest in the personality of her subjects. There is nothing impersonal about a Newberry cat—each one is an individual, whose characteristic facial expressions are markings are of intense interest to her. She loves the subtle tonal gradations on the body of a Siamese or a puma, the rich pattern on the coat of an ocelot or tabby short-hair, the jewel-like contrast of a feline eye. She is, in a word, obsessed with the wild beauty of the cat tribe, and feels that a lifetime is all too short a period in which to try to do justice to it. [From Cats—A Portfolio, Drawings by Clare Turlay Newberry, 1943]

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