These are from one of my favorite books that I had as a child. My mom dropped them off for me last week and I'm so happy to have them! They bring back such wonderful memories...
There are several books in this series with illustrations by Swiss artist Eugen Hartung (who also did the Dressed Cats series of postcards for the Mainzer company during the 40s, 50s and 60s) and text by Joerg Schneider:
Merry Cat Adventures (Die Froehlichen Katzenabenteuer)
The Merry Year of the Cat (Das Froehlichen Katzenjahr)
The Merry School for Cats (Die Froehlichen Katzenschule)
These are from The Merry School for Cats.
|"On the way to school" |
Notice: mother cat on the left eyeing scene with disdain.
|"Art Class" Notice: student goofing in teacher's spot |
+ student drawing mouse on peer's back!
|"A Class Interruption" Notice: taxidermied studies ironic?|
|"Home Economics" (my personal favorite!)|
Notice: taunting mice in window overlooking Alps.
|"Smoking out Back" Notice: Teacher's coming! |
Cat on the right..."I don't feel too good"...
|"Chimney Sweeper" |
Notice: Woman Cat knitting + Old Cat smoking a pipe!
There are several opinions on these illustrations out there. I think they're very funny...lovely, even. They are definitely taking "animals personified" a step further than Beatrix Potter, which is why they speak to me still as an adult.