Margot Keam Cleary - John James Audubon
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With 83 full-color and 10 black-and-white illustrations.
More than 150 years after it first appeared, John James Audubon’s The Birds of America remains a monumental achievement in nature art. Audubon, an expatriate Frenchman, devoted his entire life to his great obsession: to capture in pencil and paint the birds of his new homeland. The result, The Birds of America, would earn him a place among America’s foremost artists.
Audubon’s own life was filled with drama: early failed attempts as a businessman, a family life that took a back seat to his passion for birds, his never-ending search for financial backers. But even more dramatic was his approach to his art. Not content with the stiff, static creatures found in much of the ornithological art of his contemporaries, Audubon painted his birds as he found them in the wild - in flight, or fighting off predators, or foraging for food. His work was unique, for Audubon managed not only to portray birds in exquisite detail, but to endow them with life as well.
The Birds of America was a great artistic achievement, but Audubon also succeeded as a writer. In his Ornithological Biography he gave his readers detailed descriptions of hundreds of birds, along with lively sketches of his adopted country. Together, the two works present a comprehensive picture of man and nature in the early years of the United States of America.
John James Audubon traces the path of the artist’s remarkable career, and presents more than 70 of his most memorable paintings from The Birds of America.