Audubon's aviary The original watercolors for The birds of America

Roberta J. M. Olson

Book - 2012

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New York : New-York Historical Society : Skira Rizzoli 2012.
Item Description
Published to accompany a series of exhibitions of the New-York Historical Society's collection of Audubon's watercolors for The birds of America, beginning in 2013--Cf. pref.
Physical Description
448 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 34 cm
Includes bibliographical references (p. 436-441) and index.
Main Author
Roberta J. M. Olson (-)
Corporate Author
New-York Historical Society (-)
Other Authors
Marjorie Shelley, 1945- (-), Alexandra Mazzitelli, John James Audubon, 1785-1851
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  • Audubon's innovations and the traditions of ornithological illustration : some things old, some things borrowed, but most things new / Roberta J.M. Olson
  • Drawing birds : Audubon's artistic practices / Marjorie Shelley
  • Highlights from the watercolors for The birds of America / Roberta J.M. Olson
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  • Listing of Audubon's bird watercolors in the New-York Historical Society / compiled by Alexandra Mazzitelli.
Review by Choice Review

An extensive literature addresses Audubon's life, career, and artistic and ornithological accomplishments, as do many coffee-table publications that reproduce examples of the 435 various birds that appear in his life work, The Birds of America. Yet never before has a volume reproduced all 474 of Audubon's watercolors from the New-York Historical Society. These are the basis for the masterful engravings that appear in the great Havell edition (1827-38) of Audubon's work. This volume by Olson (emer., Wheaton College, Massachusetts) is an exceptionally handsome, informative, and brilliantly illustrated introduction to Audubon and his work. Concise but incisive essays delineate his 30 years of labor; examine his artistic innovations as a painter and ornithological illustrator seeking to portray the dynamic nature of birds within their appropriate habitat; analyze the challenge of drawing birds and the methods that he developed to portray avian species; and discuss the nature of many of Audubon's most significant plates from The Birds of America. Perhaps no modern study of Audubon rivals this volume as an introduction to Audubon as a field ornithologist, natural historian, or artist. The plates of his watercolors are exceptionally beautiful. A discussion of the details of Audubon's life is accompanied by valuable, pertinent illustrations. Summing Up: Essential. Upper-division undergraduates and above; general readers. P. D. Thomas emeritus, Wichita State University

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