Frederick the Literate
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!