Modern Wildlife Painting

Modern Wildlife Painting

by Nicholas Hammond
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300074581

ISBN-13: 9780300074581

Pub. Date: 02/28/1999

Publisher: Yale University Press

During the past century the western world has shown an unprecedented interest in wildlife and its identification and conservation, and the art of the era has both stimulated and reflected this interest. This stunning book examines the various forms of wildlife art—from photographic hyper-realism to the abstract—each illustrated by paintings or prints that

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During the past century the western world has shown an unprecedented interest in wildlife and its identification and conservation, and the art of the era has both stimulated and reflected this interest. This stunning book examines the various forms of wildlife art—from photographic hyper-realism to the abstract—each illustrated by paintings or prints that best represent the genre.

Nicholas Hammond points out that in the nineteenth century, wildlife art was primarily of interest to the wealthy, and animals were commonly depicted in paintings as quarry or as fierce beasts at odds with humans. Now artists are more likely to focus on the vulnerability of animals to people in order to further the cause of their conservation and the preservation of their habitats. Hammond provides a masterly analysis of the wildlife art of this century, discussing the differences in the traditions of North American and European wildlife art; changes in printing processes over time; the growth of illustrated magazines; the establishment of commercial galleries; and the changes in styles and approaches. He then presents a survey of artists from Bruno Liljefors and Archibald Thorburn to Chagall and Picasso. The book concludes with a selection of brief biographies of the more influential artists of the century, including most of those whose work is depicted in the preceding pages. More than 140 paintings or prints are reproduced in color, representing the work of 89 artists.

Published in association with Christopher Helm/A & C Black

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300074581
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
02/28/1999
Edition description:
Illustrated
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
9.38(w) x 11.46(h) x 0.93(d)

Table of Contents

Author's Preface6
Acknowledgements7
An Increasing Interest9
Bruno Liljefors and the Great Outdoors31
Louis Agassiz Fuertes and Wildlife Art in North America67
Thorburn, the Romantic Scotsman, and his Followers89
Working in the Field109
Illustrating for Identification145
Wildlife and Printmaking167
Painting with a Sense of Place201
Artists' Biographies225
Index237

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