Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Ronald Searle: Idyll

Ronald Searle's Idyll (1973) is a sweet yet somewhat mystifying evocation of spring. His cats were generally popular and, to his frustration, sold lithographs far better than did his non-feline satirical work. Here one of his delightful cats prances about outdoors piping music. Add to that a few dozen unappreciative birds, many of them nesting, and a single reticent pig, and you have—just what, exactly? You have an idyll without an audience.

Idyll
Ronald Searle
Lithograph in colors
No. 47/99, 1973

Idyll
Ronald Searle
Lithograph in colors
No. 47/99, 1973

Ronald Searle's signature


Ronald Searle
Auktionshaus Mehlis GmbH listing accessed August 9, 2022
August 27, 2022, lot 4075


Sold! The sale price, with an English translation:



Idyll was included in More Cats (1975), shown here, but not in the book, alongside They're All Against Me, another lithograph:







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