Around 1900, Henri Matisse and Andre Derain began a movement of painting called “Les Fauves” (which means “wild beasts”) in order to describe their wild brushwork and raw color.
It's worth noting that elephants, who are possessed of an eleven-pound brain and 30,000 muscles in the trunk alone, can paint a representational portrait of a fellow elephant (or is it a self-portrait?), and that they do so not wildly or randomly, but with extreme care and deliberation.
The elephant is trained, and this is a commercial enterprise, you might say, but couldn’t the same be said of us all?
Related Gurney Journey post: Gorilla Portraits
Thank you, Daniel M.