Friday, November 4, 2011

Fritz Hug

It's always fun to discover artists who know how to draw and paint animals well. 
Fritz Hug is one of the best in my opinion. There is a sense of caricature in his work which brings out the essence of the animal. I love his looseness combined with anatomical accuracy.
A little while ago I purchased a few books featuring his work, and I have been looking through them regularly.
One thing is for sure, this man really loved animals.

Fritz Hug was born in 1921 in Dornach near Solothurn, Switzerland and spent part of his childhood in Java.  His art studies took him to many different regions of Europe as well as to Africa. While in Africa in 1950-51 he worked with Dr. Albert Schweitzer at the Lambarene Hospital in Gabon.

From 1967 until his death in 1989, Fritz Hug produced a number of works on behalf of the World Wildlife Fund, showing endangered species of wild animals and birds.