John James Audubon

John James Audubon

by Ella M. Foshay
     
 
Known throughout the world for the power and beauty of his illustrations of American wildlife, John James Audubon was also an explorer and a frontier naturalist. Few know the fascinating story of this flamboyant artist's life or have seen the splendid original watercolors from which his engravings were made. Illustrated with full-page color plates, this handsome

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Known throughout the world for the power and beauty of his illustrations of American wildlife, John James Audubon was also an explorer and a frontier naturalist. Few know the fascinating story of this flamboyant artist's life or have seen the splendid original watercolors from which his engravings were made. Illustrated with full-page color plates, this handsome volume documents the life and personality of this impassioned observer of the natural world. 104 illustrations, 55 in full color.

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Booknews
Published in association with the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. This beautifully produced oversize (9x11.5<">) volume contains 104 thoroughly captioned illustrations (55 plates in color) accompanying a narrative profile of the man and his work as naturalist and artist. The author, an art historian and former curator of the New York Historical Society, is an authority on Audubon and on the art and culture of 19th-century America. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Kirkus Reviews
Stellar reproductions of Audubon's artwork, complemented by a nimble text from Foshay (former curator of the New-York Historical Society and an authority on Audubon), make this latest addition to Abrams's Library of American Art a treasure. Here can be found early paintings, allowing readers to witness Audubon's artistic development; the superb watercolors, from which the famed prints were made; many of the bird and quadruped prints, from a selection of editions; and a terrific two-page spread illustrating the collaborative process, between Audubon and his background painters, by which many of the lithographs were made. Foshay concentrates, thankfully, on the life of the frontier artist and naturalist rather than on stylistic considerations. Audubon emerges as a self-promoting, flamboyant, haughty teller of tall tales, especially about himself (he "subscribed to the legend that he was the lost Dauphin of France")—undoubtedly a crank, but also a visionary whose particular artistic fruits have never seen an equal.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810919730
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/1997
Series:
Library of American Art
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
9.25(w) x 12.25(h) x 1.00(d)

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