Krazy Kat Specialty Piece 9/9/1933
In the magical world of George Herriman nothing was the way it was supposed to be in the real world. We have a cat (Krazy) who loves a mouse (Ignatz) who feels nothing but disdain for Krazy and he demonstrates this by constantly throwing bricks at Krazy, who in turn takes this as a sign of affection. The third member of this unlikely group is Offissa Pup, who is constantly protecting Krazy from Ignatz. Their eternal love triangle is played out in the Arizona desert, namely Coconino County.
On a rare occasion Herriman was known to either hand color a previously published page or create a specialty piece for presentation to a favored individual. Herriman was deft with watercolor using translucent layers of color to express himself. These were personal expressions that carried the same sort of sympathetic warmth that his poetic Kat was known to convey. In some instances Herriman even perfected his message with a custom mat and frame which he fabricated. This newly discovered specialty piece is one of a handful known to exist. It exhibits the finest balance and proportion of any known. Coupled with its extraordinary size and original mat and frame, it represents a truly exemplary piece. Features the principal figures. Inscribed TO "GAY" BEAMAN AHLA-HAHNEH, signed, watercolor on board-14 x 20 in.