John James Audubon

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John James Audubon (1785-1851) is known throughout the world for the power and beauty of his illustrations of American wildlife, especially the superb colored engravings published in his multivolume The Birds of America. Few people, however, know the fascinating story of this flamboyant artist's life as a frontier naturalist, or have seen the splendid original watercolors from which his engravings were made. Audubon drew most of these beautiful works directly from life during his travels through the North ...
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1997 Hardcover New Life of the flamboyant frontier naturalist with illustrations from his work.

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Overview

John James Audubon (1785-1851) is known throughout the world for the power and beauty of his illustrations of American wildlife, especially the superb colored engravings published in his multivolume The Birds of America. Few people, however, know the fascinating story of this flamboyant artist's life as a frontier naturalist, or have seen the splendid original watercolors from which his engravings were made. Audubon drew most of these beautiful works directly from life during his travels through the North American countryside and wilderness. These images have long been noted for their scientific accuracy, and for the artist's remarkable ability to bring their subjects to life with active poses and naturalistic settings. Lavishly illustrated with more than one hundred full-page colorplates of Audubon's watercolors and oil paintings, this handsome volume documents the life and personality of this impassioned observer of the natural world.
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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.
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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810919730
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/1997
  • Series: Library of American Art
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 12.25 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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