np: nd. Approximately 9 1/2 x 13 1/2, gouache and ink. Signed at lower right hand corner.
One of Wains superb, late hallucinatory landscape paintings. This was the same painting used as the cover for the Current 93 untitled LP, sometimes called An Introduction to Suffering.
"During the last period of his life Louis Wain also produced a series of mysterious psychedelic landscapes, part imaginary, partly referencing indirectly real places that he may have known or seen. These scenes usually contain no cats, some depict birds or deer among streams, waterfalls, blossoms and bright coloured leaves, several no living thing at all. In one such work, ‘Ethereal City’, a lone human figure, a tiny man in suit and hat, wheels a trolley through the foreground. Behind him stretch steep hills and deep valleys, more Tibetan than English, with white castellated buildings and walls winding into the distance. Others feature different styles of architecture; mock-Tudor baronial or oriental cupolas. (Wain’s signature on these paintings, incidentally, is clear and firm, identical to those on the early, celebrated productions.” - Tony Thorne, PATTERNS AND VISIONS – THE WORKS OF LOUIS WAIN, January 16, 2017.
Matted and framed, and not examined out of frame. Sticker for the Railings Gallery in London to verso of frame. Visually fine.
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