The Book, Cat, & Cat Book Lovers Almanac

of historical trivia regarding books, cats, and other animals. Actually this blog has evolved so that it is described better as a blog about cats in history and culture. And we take as a theme the advice of Aldous Huxley: If you want to be a writer, get some cats. Don't forget to see the archived articles linked at the bottom of the page.

February 28, 2016

February 28, 1926

There is something awkward about most paintings of wildlife. Even when you admire the detail, and your heart reaches for anything feline, there is a cardboard sense to it. IF it was really a representation of WILD life, how did the artist get so close? And how is it superior to a photograph, where you can assume they used a zoom lens. 

But these artists can make a good living.  I have in mind Charles Frace (February 28, 1926 to December 16, 2005) His paintings seem to cost in the $100s, and of course are often a print run. 

Here is an example of his work:

Frace is famous. He did a lot of illustrations for the books of Roger Caras.  Thirteen of Caras's many books list Frace as the illustrator. Another picture:

This 1969 book lists Frace as illustrator.

Frace was a member of The Society of Animal Artists (founded in 1960). I copied their insignia.

I do not know who designed this emblem.

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