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Masterpieces of bird art : 700 years of ornithological illustration
Pasquier, Roger F.
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First edition.
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New York : Abbeville Press, [1991]

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261 pages : color illustrations ; 34 cm
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In this sweeping, lavishly illustrated survey, the finest work of some 65 artists is presented in 269 pictures, 200 in color. The illustrations range from the wood engravings of Thomas Bewick (1753-1828) to the aquatints of John James Audubon (1785-1851), to the realism of the founder of modern wildlife painting, Bruno Liljefors (1860-1939) and ornithologist-artist George Miksch Sutton (1898-1982). The thoughtful text, organized by artistic medium, introduces those artists who have made the greatest contribution to ornithology. 11x13". Annotation(c) 2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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From "the earliest depictions of birds in art and the very beginning of a systematic study of birds," the authors, renowned ornithologists Pasquier and Farrand, work their way happily through seven centuries of drawings, paintings, and prints by bird-loving artists. Their selections "of the best and most important contributions to ornithological illustration" trace both the artistic and the scientific development of bird observation to the present day. Sixty-five artists are represented in 269 illustrations (200 in color). The survey begins with the first structured approach to bird-watching in Greece and moves quickly to the seminal manuscript volume of Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II (1194-1250), perhaps the first true ornithologist. The authors relate the progress of bird art to the development of printing and painting techniques as well as ornithology, supplying information on each artist's particular achievement. Artists include Thomas Bewick, Francois Levaillant, Jacques Barraband, Edward Lear, John Gould, William Beebe, Louis Agassiz Fuertes, and, of course, John James Audubon. A resplendent volume that combines art and scholarship to celebrate bird art and its role in helping us appreciate and protect nature. For all art and nature lovers. ~--Donna Seaman