Audubon’s Aviary: the Original Watercolors for the Birds of America
A national treasure is celebrated in this landmark publication. The Birds of America is a monumental classic, but it has never been explored like this before. This important new volume presents all the dazzling watercolors that Audubon painted for these monumental engravings. We are familiar with the prints engraved by Robert Havell Jr., but Audubons Aviary illuminates the original masterpieces that were created by Audubon himself and tells the story behind their creation with fresh insights and engaging quotes from his writings. These powerful paintingsall newly photographed using state-of-the-art techniquespossess a startling immediacy, vibrancy, and fluidity that link natural history, art, and a respect for the environment. These watercolors transmit Audubons devotion to his craft with their inscriptions and layers of media wrought with a miniaturists attention to detail and their revolutionary compositions, which for the first time in history depicted all the birds life-size. Audubon is considered Americas first great watercolorist, introducing innovative approaches developed over a lifetime of study. Even judged alongside todays technology, his dramatic tableaux remain some of the most spectacular natural history documents and visually arresting works of art ever produced.\n\nThis deluxe edition comes inside a beautiful cloth slipcase. The book is packaged in the slipcase with a facsimile print of an Audubon watercolor in its own vellum-like protective sleeve. The print is hand-produced by Oppenheimer Editions, specialists in fine art reproductions and nineteenth century natural history art prints. The deluxe slipcase has images front and back and has foil stamping on the spine. The entire deluxe edition comes in its own decorative mailer carton to ensure safe handling.
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