John James Audubon's Birds of America

ILLUSTRATIONS | AUDUBON THE MAN | AUDUBON THE ARTIST | EXPEDITIONS | EDITIONS | SPECIAL PROGRAMS

 

    Fork Tailed Flycatcher
   
Fork Tailed Flycatcher

AUDUBON THE ARTIST

For Audubon, art and science were one. The wonders of nature could not be captured through accuracy alone. They also required artistic vision to give them life.

Adubon's scientific knowledge is confirmed by the subtle coloration, accurate anatomy, and typical attitudes he gives each bird species. But drastic expressiveness and a bold sense of design earn him a prominent place among artists. His prints are unique in their ability to capture the vigor of nature.

The completion of his work was made possible by 30 years of field research, labor at the drawing board, a team of drawing and scientific assistants, and superb English printers.

Audubon's lifework was creating and publishing drawings of all of America's native birds, a heroic task. The power of these individual wildlife portraits fuses Audubon's skills as an artist and naturalist, a fusion rooted in his sensitive response to natural wonders.

 
 

ILLUSTRATIONS | AUDUBON THE MAN | AUDUBON THE ARTIST | EXPEDITIONS | EDITIONS | SPECIAL PROGRAMS