In his print series ‘A Cat’s Life,’ French illustrator Gérard DuBois chronicles the simple majesty of the domesticated cat. His turn of the century approach locks us into the past, a slow world where the family cat plays the role of rodent catcher, friend, and a form of entertainment.
The series, released by UK print house Black Dragon Press, showcases DuBois’ gift for texture and taut composition. In each, the black cat is front and center. DuBois imbues the series with the romantic perspective of the animal kingdom found in early period Disney films like Lady and the Tramp and Peter Pan — the cat as animal hero, each minor moment given importance.
DuBois crafts the shape of the feline in bold black, the lithe lift of the belly above the snow, the rear mound caught mid-sway. Each illustration is an ode to the quiet poetry that all cats play out in our homes.