Dictionary of Bird Artists of the World

Dictionary of Bird Artists of the World

by Christine E. Jackson
     
 
This is the first dictionary of bird artists of the world to be published for almost fifty years. Approximately 4,000 artists, past and present, who have made two-dimensional portraits of birds as the main motif in their paintings are included in this Dictionary, with their biographical details.

Some artists painted large canvases filled with birds for an imaginary

Overview

This is the first dictionary of bird artists of the world to be published for almost fifty years. Approximately 4,000 artists, past and present, who have made two-dimensional portraits of birds as the main motif in their paintings are included in this Dictionary, with their biographical details.

Some artists painted large canvases filled with birds for an imaginary earthly paradise, while others made detailed studies of a single species. Many great masters. painted birds, but the specialist bird painters knew not only how to paint feathers, but also understood the birds' anatomical structure. These artists were given commissions to record newly-discovered species.

The variety of their approach is well illustrated in some 500 color and black and white plates. The artists' biographies, arranged alphabetically, include comments on their individual style and achievements. A list of galleries is also included. An additional benefit of the Dictionary is that sales and auctions of bird paintings in both salerooms and galleries during the past ten years are listed, with the prices realized.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This extremely well-organized and clearly written source was created by a former librarian and author of Great Bird Paintings: Old Masters and Bird Paintings: The Eighteenth Century. The over 4000 entries include artists from all over the world, past and present. (Although the book is dominated by Western artists, it does include a number of works by Asian, especially Chinese, artists; but Latin American coverage is thin.) The illustrations make this reference source a delight to look at, while the extensive accompanying text--a historical survey, a list of abbreviations, an appendix of national bird art, and bird artists listed by nationality--is written in an easy-to-read style. Location and sales information are also available. Destined to become the most important source in this area, this book is recommended for most collections.--Jennifer L.S. Moldwin, Detroit Inst. of Arts Lib. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
Contains 4,000-plus entries for artists throughout the world who created two-dimensional portraits of birds. Bringing together the painters in different media, Jackson (former librarian who has made a study of birds, artists, and illustrators) provides dates and biographical information and includes the illustrators and craftsmen who created pictures for decorative purposes, such as prints in books and designs for postage stamps, tiles, and ceramics. The appendix provides a survey of each country's major bird artists and illustrators, as well as a list of artists arranged by country. Contains 200 color paintings and illustrations, plus numerous b&w prints. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781851492039
Publisher:
Antique Collector's Club
Publication date:
09/28/1999
Pages:
550
Product dimensions:
8.88(w) x 11.05(h) x 1.77(d)

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