From the shape and markings of the tail, Elisabeth Frink’s Wild Cat, 1970 appears to be a European wildcat. Found in forests across Europe and the Caucasus, wildcats are nocturnal, and usually prey on rabbits, rodents and birds. Frink’s cat here stands with tail erect and legs stiffened, perhaps engaging its fight-or-flight instincts. This piece is part of a series of eight lithographs Frink made in 1970, entitled Wild Animals.
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Original: Lithograph on paper 51.9 x 66 cm © Estate of Elisabeth Frink. All Rights Reserved, DACS 20YY
Dame Elisabeth Frink was an English sculptor and printmaker who studied at the Guildford School of Art at the Chelsea School of Art. Frink’s range of subjects included the human figure, birds, dogs, horses and religious motifs. Frink created a lot of bronze outdoor sculptures, her style generalised the form and eliminated the detail of the sculptures. Frink’s continued fascination with flight was evident in a series of falling figures and winged men that she made during the 1960s.