Cat Nap

Artist:Bill Layne
Date:1963
Medium:Gouache on Illustration Board
Dimensions:Sight Size 14" x 17 1/2" Framed 19" x 23"
Condition:Mint
Original Use:Commissioned Art for The Louis F. Dow Calendar Company
Price:Sold
Full view of gouache painting

Full view of gouache painting

The artist's signature

The artist's signature

Scan of Calendar Image from the Louis F. Dow calendar Company, included in sale

Scan of Calendar Image from the Louis F. Dow calendar Company, included in sale

A large whimsical 1963 calendar commissioned gouache painting for The Louis F. Dow Calendar Company signed "Arnquist" a pseudonym which allowed Bill Layne (who was under contract with Brown & Bigelow Calendar Company) to also get paid for calendar works he created for the rival Saint Paul, Minnesota competing calendar company. A printed tear sheet of the painting titled "Cat Nap" used as a calendar page March 1963 is included in the sale. This work features a xylophone and a band of mice as the central components as a snoozing cat gets his whiskers trimmed in blissful oblivion to the happenings. Nicely matted and framed and ready to enjoy.

Detail

Detail

Above: Verso view
Above: View with work unframed with tear sheet March 1963
Detail

Detail

Framed and matted in beautiful gallery frame

Framed and matted in beautiful gallery frame

Bill Layne was a prolific and influential Walt Disney Studio's commercial illustrator who also created hundreds of commissioned images for the Brown & Bigelow Calendar Company and was one of their last true stars. A unique talent that is just starting to fine traction among today's forward looking collectors and dealers.



 

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