The Wonderful Works of John James Audubon
John James Audubon was born in what is known today as Haiti and was French. His family soon immigrated to America when the Napoleonic Wars started. He was a true naturalist and ornithologist at heart, one of the most famous today especially for his book The Birds of North America. During his life, he painted and repainted all of the species of birds known at that time, and found an additional 25 species and 12 subspecies of birds. But, his ways of using the birds’ bodies that he collected after shooting them were different than the ways of most artists. He would use their bodies and prop them in a natural pose, whereas others stuff the birds, making them more rigid. He used his many field observations to help him paint the birds in their natural habitat, and usually in motion or foraging. He mainly used watercolor in his paintings but also used chalk and pastel.
|American White Pelican by John James Audubon, credit goes to|