Well known in his heyday, in Germany, as an “industry artist” specialized in painting manufacturing scenes, Heinrich Kley (1863 – 1945) became appreciated in the USA for his imaginative, dreamlike and sometimes darkly humorous pen drawings often depicting anthropomorphized animals interacting with humans.
Walt Disney, besides building a vast collection of his works, drew inspiration from Kley for some Disney productions such as Fantasia.
The lovely and evocative drawing we have choosen for this t-shirt merrily reminds us of the edenic relationship of humans with animals when, as noted by Alfredo Cattabiani in “Calendario”, none of them ate meat:
That is not to say that this is what Kley had in mind, only that it can be read like that.
Read it as you please. And, above all, wear it.