He is no doubt most well-known for his life-like drawings and paintings of birds, but a recent find of charcoal on paper sketch-like drawings show an entirely different side to Louis Agazziz Fuertes.
My absolute favorite among the group is this cat drawing. The full-sized image can be found on Art Filled Days listed under cat drawings.
Fuertes must have owned a cat. The cat in his drawing appears to be lovingly covered with a blanket and is depicted with a single claw hanging onto the blanket. The cat’s wearing a bell on it’s collar and appears to be smiling at someone off to the right.
The second drawing that I found is of an elder gentleman who appears to be napping. Perhaps, he got tired sitting still for his portrait. The full-sized drawing can be viewed and downloaded from this location – Portrait of a Gentleman.
The gentleman looks so grandfatherly with his whiskers and glasses sliding down his nose.
I found both of these sketches quite charming. Usually we see highly detailed and colorful paintings of the world’s many birds and instead in these two pieces we see simple charcoal shadings giving both subjects a great deal of personality.
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