Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Birds in mid-flight
It lasts until May 2014 which allows plenty of time to plan a trip to this exceptional exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, USA. Dedicated to John James Audubon's (1785-1851) illustrations and writings, 'Audobon's Birds, Audubon's Words' is not just about pictures. It captures images which Audubon created by travelling across the east of the US and across Canada during his lifetime spent with an urge to seek out and immortalize indigenous birds within their habitats.
Audubon's book entitled 'The Birds of America' was produced in England between 1827 and 1838. Being a limited edition every time, means that only 120 complete copies of this book remain today. The extraordinary thing about this book is its huge pages, fully illustrated with each page reaching three feet+ in height. It was the most extravagant visual ode to birds indeed. (Span your hands wide open and you can just about visualize how large each page was!)
If you do visit this exhibition, you will get to appreciate some 30 works, including prints from the museum's own copy of the book, as well as a few other smaller publications by Audubon which continue to show more birds depicted by his paintings. To complement his artistic prowess, the exhibition is showing skilled writings from his pen to give further insight into his passion and obsession with birds, his methods of observation and of planning his illustrations.
John James Audubon is sponsored by Northern Trust and the exhibition is presented with support from the Eugenie Prendergast Memorial Fund, made possible by a grant from Jan and Warren Adelson.
Read more on The New York Times.
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