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Walton Ford: Pancha Tantra

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Fantastic menagerie: The sinister majesty of Walton Ford's wildlife

At first glance, Walton Ford’s large-scale, highly-detailed watercolors of animals may recall the prints of 19th century illustrators John James Audubon and Edward Lear, and others of the colonial era. But a closer look reveals a complex and disturbingly anthropomorphic universe, full of symbols, sly jokes, and allusions to the ’operatic’ nature of traditional natural history themes. The beasts and birds ...

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Overview

Fantastic menagerie: The sinister majesty of Walton Ford's wildlife

At first glance, Walton Ford’s large-scale, highly-detailed watercolors of animals may recall the prints of 19th century illustrators John James Audubon and Edward Lear, and others of the colonial era. But a closer look reveals a complex and disturbingly anthropomorphic universe, full of symbols, sly jokes, and allusions to the ’operatic’ nature of traditional natural history themes. The beasts and birds populating this contemporary artist’s life-size paintings are never mere objects, but dynamic actors in allegorical struggles: a wild turkey crushes a small parrot in its claw; a troupe of monkeys wreak havoc on a formal dinner table, an American buffalo is surrounded by bloodied white wolves. The book’s title derives from The Pancha Tantra, an ancient Indian book of animal tales considered the precursor to Aesop’s Fables.

This large-format edition includes an in-depth exploration of Walton Ford’s oeuvre, a complete biography, and excerpts from his textual inspirations: Vietnamese folktales and the letters of Benjamin Franklin, the Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini and Audubon’s Ornithological Biography.

First published in TASCHEN’s limited collector’s edition — now available in this standard hardcover edition!

Text in English, French, and German

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783822852378
  • Publisher: Taschen America, LLC
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 277,441
  • Product dimensions: 11.40 (w) x 15.00 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Walton Ford, born 1960 in Larchmont, NY, graduated in filmmaking from RISD, but switched to large-scale watercolor painting. His work has been widely exhibited, including shows at the Whitney and Brooklyn museums. He lives and works in Massachusetts.

Bill Buford is an author and New Yorker staff writer, as well as the founding editor of Granta, which he edited for 16 years. His books include Among the Thugs and Heat: An Amateur's Adventures as a Kitchen Slave. He lives in New York City with his wife and two sons.

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    Posted January 23, 2010

    The book came damaged

    This book was not available in the store. I had to order it. It came damaged. I tried to exchange it at the store, but they did not have a replacement(that is, still did not have the book in stock), so I sent it back. Now, weeks later, I am still awaiting the replacement. It was to be a Christmas gift. It is now late January.

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    Walton Ford

    /superb book with stunning illustrations. A must have for art libraries and collectors.

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