The lioness portrait, 1968

This lioness is one of two animal portraits (the other is a horse), and is unusual in that Lee Franclemont gave them both eyes more human than beast. I could be wrong though about lionesses, that they really don’t wear eyeliner; after all, it was the 60s when this portrait was made.

The feeling I always got from this particularly regal character was that she truly was above it all…

Lee Franclemont, lioness, 1968, pastel on paper. Photo credit Kelise Franclemont. Private collection.

Lee Franclemont, lioness, 1968, pastel on paper. Photo credit Kelise Franclemont. Private collection.

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