Framing Hedwig Casprzig’s Big Cats

Hedwig Casprzig (1886 – 1958) was an outstanding German wildlife painter. We recently had the honor of framing two of the artist’s paintings of big cats. The first one here, a lion’s head Casprzig painted in oil on canvas, is 25-1/2″ x 21″. The 5″ wide frame is in quartersawn white oak with Medieval Oak stain. The compound Aurora frame combines a broad mortise and tenon flat with a 1-1/4″ wide carved beveled sight edge molding and a 3/16″ gilt slip. I like the way the picture frame repeats the how the mane of the male lion frames its face.Casprzig painting of lion head

This tiger head, a pastel on paper, is a bit smaller (about 13″ x 11″) but even more intense in expression. I chose a 3″ wide slope, No. 22.6 CV, to sustain the feeling of the cat coming at you.

Casprzig painting of tiger headH. Casprzig painting of tiger head

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