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Art & Design Study Collection: Wild Ink Print Exchange 2012
UND Art Collections Repository
The Story of Catbeard & Beardcat is created after an actual photograph of a French man, Louis Coulon. Born in 1826, Coulon’s beard began growing excessively at an early age. By age 14 he could no longer keep up with the shaving and allowed the beard to grow. Documented in 1904, his beard was recorded to be more than 10 feet long. Perhaps as interesting as the length of his beard is his feline companion that he allowed to snuggle in to it. His strange but endearing image has been used throughout history on postcards, and more recently on internet memes.
The Story of Catbeard & Beardcat is a print created as part of the 2012 Wild Ink Print Exchange. Faculty and students from the University of Alaska Anchorage, University of Montana, University of Wyoming, and University of North Dakota took part in the exchange. Kari Workman created this work as a student of printmaking at the University of Montana.
Included in Fables, Insults, and Reverence: The Animals of UND Art Collections Exhibition at the UND Art Collections Gallery in the Empire Arts Center
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