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Audubon's Masterpieces: 150 Prints from the Birds of America Hardcover – January 1, 2004
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I actually purchased a second copy of this book. I was so impressed with my first that I purchased a 2nd to frame individual prints(they're a perfect 8x10), and they look amazing in the grouping of twelve on my wall (I was fortunate to find 12 large-scale, very expensive-looking frames for only $10 each on clearance). Everyone thinks I paid a fortune for them!
Please buy this for your sister, mother, nerdy bird-loving brother/father/boyfriend/hobo down the street. It brings a smile to my face every time I glance at the pretty hardback cover and randomly open up to a page of beauty. Nature is beautiful, people.
Too bad this kind of work has largely been supplanted by photography. Photos, of course, capture the literal truth of an image with mechanical perfection. But, for a naturalist, the details unique to each species matter - markings on every part of othe animal, common poses, etc. It's hard to convince a bird to pose in exactly the way that will display its distinguishing features most clearly. That's where the artist has an advantage, in lifelike renderings that approach photographic literalism but with a scientist's eye for the specifics that matter most. This will please anyone who loves birds, wildlife in general, or art with such purpose and heriitage.
Great addition to my library. Would buy all over again.
There are 150 prints that go from the raptors all the way to wrens and hummingbirds. Audubon's style is meticulous in his detail and while a photograph is beautiful, these paintings have a quality and precision that has been unsurpassed even until today with paints. His use of color is spot on making for breathtaking studies of the colorful and plain birds.
Each page in this book is a stand alone print without another print on the back of it. If I am having a stressful day all I have to do is pull this book out, put on Vivaldi's Four Seasons and leaf through the pages.
of beauty, and I love owning it!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Mediocre copies that lose a lot of detail. Hard to get excited about it.Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is an amazing book. I use it to go along with Gary Schmidt's book "Okay for Now." I am sorry this book is now out of print.Published 14 months ago by mrs. m