Louis Wain’s Cat Obsession

To say Louis Wain was obsessed with cats might be the understatement of the century.  The eccentric artist made a career out of painting nothing but cats for over 30 years.  While most people believe he suffered from schizophrenia, there’s a possibility he may have had Asperger’s syndrome also/instead.  (There’s even been speculation about infection with toxoplasmosis causing his descent into madness).

His style of painting offers a look at the progression of mental illness from the inside.  Here is a series of Wain’s paintings in chronological order (click to embiggen):


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