Very Early Portraits

February 6, 2010

Through Monte’s life, he dealt with a lot of river-bottom characters who led hard lives and were well-known around the area.  It is not clear if the below painting represents a particular person of is just a composite of these people.

For unknown reasons, Monte did complete paintings of people of other cultures. Below is a painting of a conquistador.  What brought this subject to a painting, is not known.   One particular theme observed throughout Monte’s depiction of men in his artwork involved the exploratory streak within them.

Below is  painting of an Native American.  As far as it is known, only a Polaroid exists of this painting.   It is now known who owns this painting or why Monte chose to paint it.

As mentioned earlier, Monte was known to remind people artists were known to destroy early works due to their artistic growth.


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