Gentleman from Siam by Elizabeth Norton

Gentleman from Siam by Elizabeth Norton

Gentleman from Siam

Elizabeth Norton

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Title

Gentleman from Siam

 
Artist
Year
1935  
Technique
color linocut 
Image Size
8 1/4 x 5 3/4" image 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
35 of 100  
Annotations
"del.,sc. et imp." in lower left margin; E. Norton carved into the block 
Reference
 
Paper
very fine ivory Japanese wove 
State
published 
Publisher
aritst 
Inventory ID
24126 
Price
$850.00 
Description

As a child, Elizabeth Norton spent hours sketching the animals in the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago. She brought her passion for animals into her printmaking, creating a body of work that captured the dignity and individuality of animals, whether domesticated or wild, caged or in fishbowls.

As an adult she was known for her color woodcut depictions of animals, whether domestic or wild. She appreciated the characteristics of different species, often honing in on their most recognizable traits -- a puffed-chest peacock, a nervous shih tzu, or an aloof, self-assured Siamese cat -- and portrayed them with as much attention as any human subject.

“Gentleman from Siam” shows Norton’s keen artistic sensibility, a posed Siamese cat surrounded by patterned design that leads to the subject. In the background is a deity, peering over the cat’s shoulder.

In ancient times, Siamese cats, one of the oldest domesticated breeds, were a favorite of royal families due to their appearance. It was believed that when a member of the royal family died, their Siamese cat would receive their soul. The cat would then spend the rest of their days living luxuriously in a temple with monks and priests as their servants.

 

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