Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Audubon's Aviary: The Original Watercolors for The Birds of America Hardcover – October 16, 2012
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
"Audubon's 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 paintings--all newly photographed...possess a startling immediacy, vibrancy, and fluidity that link natural history, art, and a respect for the environment." ~Passionate Birder.com
"America's original artist of sumptuous color, detail, and identity in the natural world... the story of the creation of the Audubon watercolors and delves into the master naturalist's sources. Like the greatest of art from nature, we are taught how to see." ~Publisher's Weekly
"These powerful images—reveal a virtuoso talent struggling with and brilliantly overcoming challenges posed in the representation of the natural world....Most excitingly, they thrust the viewer directly into the scene....observing his amazing creatures in their natural habitats." ~Audubon Magazine
"This important volume presents all the dazzling watercolors that Audubon painted for these monumental engravings. Audubon's Aviary illuminates the original masterpieces that were created by Audubon himself and tells the story of their creation." ~Passionate Birder
"...kind of book to leave on your coffee table or on a prominent place on your bookshelf and return to for delight and edification time and time again...This is not just a book for bird lovers, for naturalists, but for those interested in art and nature and discovery." ~travel-watch.com
"With impressive scholarship, delicacy, and respect Olson brings us close to the paintings and the man. At one point, she evokes how Audubon's brown ink fingerprints on the back of some paintings make her feel that she is in his presence. This extraordinary book makes me feel the same way." ~Urban Audubon
“…the new book returns to the original paintings and tells the story behind Audubon’s monumental classic with exciting discoveries about the American icon, as well as fresh insights and engaging quotes from his compelling writings.” ~New York Historical Society
“While there are quite a few books out there covering the subject, this is by far one of the most beautiful and engaging. An absolute delight!” ~whatisjameswearing.com
“Beautifully presented in book form, these selected pieces are some of the most beautiful collections of the American icon’s work….these are good for days for those who already know and cherish Audubon’s work, and a perfect time for those unfamiliar to find out….well worth the price tag. Audubon’s Aviary serves as a historical document comparable to any great work of literature, painting…or any other kind of art.” ~Ousideonline.com
“This is a gorgeous volume…” ~Chronos
About the Author
Top Customer Reviews
The New York Historical Society was lucky enough to have been in the right place at the right time with cash in hand, and this is the legacy we now see in Audubon's Aviary.
Many of the original Audubon watercolors differ from the copperplates, and this is why I say this book is an important one. Details and compositions were modified, as one might expect.
So a study of the watercolor in comparison with the published plate is a joy to pursue for those of us who cannot get enough of Audubon as one of America's greatest artists.
This book's standout element is the color separations--a demanding task done here to its finest art. The watercolors clearly have been carefully preserved so we see the glorious color and the color separations as Audubon intended.
This book is an award winner!
PS. And don't miss Audubon's self portrait as he struggles to return to camp with his Golden Eagle!
PPS. I have hope that the N.Y.Historical Society may one day complete a second volume containing the balance of the watercolors as all are a joy to see in large plate reproductions--esp.when these reproductions have been done so well by the team assembled to publish this fine book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A beautiful book for art lovers and bird lovers. I loved reading the stories behind some of the pieces as well.Published 9 months ago by T. L.
Wonderful Book. I have had this one on my wish list for a long time.. It is just a beautiful picture bookPublished 17 months ago by Diana L. Cleghorn