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Charles Wysocki - Frederick the Literate -  ANNIVERSARY EDITION CANVAS Published by the Greenwich Workshop

          Frederick the Literate
by Charles Wysocki


Limited Edition of: 217
Image Size: 23"w x 21"h.
Published: June 2011

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Holy Cats! It’s "A Tale of Two Kitties." Want to learn "How to Smell a Rat?" Is there anything you want to know about "Caterwaul’s Catalog of Hairballs" but were afraid to ask? There’s a very specialized library in "Frederick the Literate," arguably Charles Wysocki’s most beloved cat painting and it’s available for the first (and last!) time in a giclée canvas edition for a very small group of collectors.

These are every cat’s dream books from "Field Guide to the Garbage Can" to "Delicious Field Mice I Have Known" by international best-selling catty writers such as Thomas Cheshire and Kitty Mewpur. "Frederick the Literate" himself, exhausted from all this study, sleeps soundly, dreaming of the next big catch.

“We’re both cat lovers and this painting is dedicated to Frederick,” said the artist.” “He was one of our favorite cats, if not the favorite. Fred was Mr. Wonderful but now he’s in the library in the sky. Although we’re all very dedicated and serious about our artwork, there is always time for humor. As soon as we came up with the idea, we knew we had to do it. My wife Liz and I spent our breakfasts, lunches and dinners thinking about the book titles for this painting, including "Cat-o Nine Tales," "Rat Holes of the World" and "The Catebury Tales." This is one of those cases when after all these years of doing more subtle ‘story’ humor, all my more obvious puns were piling up. They had to come out!”

This Fine Art Anniversary Giclée Canvas edition was limited to the number of prints ordered during the commission period May 1, 2011 - June 30, 2011.

Charles Wysocki
Some things about Charles Wysocki’s life can be anticipated. For instance, he collects Early American toys, tobacco tins, folk art, clocks, crockery and books. High on the list of favorite places are Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard . . . and all of New England. Other things are a surprise: while he paints typically New England scenes, he lives in California. Yet one only has to look at his work to understand the person. Born in Detroit in 1928, Wysocki enjoyed an active and happy boyhood, which seems reflected in the spirit of his work. Since early childhood, he had no other desire than to be an artist. After two years in the Army, Wysocki headed west to the Art Center School in Los Angeles, the city where he met his wife Liz, to whom he attributes much of his inspiration because she grew up on a farm. The aspects of her life that affected him were the basics: hard work, personal closeness and contentment with life’s "little things." Wysocki adds, "I hope my paintings revive pleasant thoughts of a bygone era and express a semblance of order and serenity that fills a need in this fast- changing world. I like to add a touch of humor into my work. I see life on the lighter side, in much simpler and more basic forms." Wysocki’s award-winning art is sought-after internationally and has been published in two books, American Celebration and Heartland.


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