John James Audubon

the book Birds of North America is one of his life's achievements. And throughout his ornithological career documenting known and unknown species, he aimed to capture them in their natural environments. I love depictions of animals whose purpose is to serve science just as much as they are artistic contributions. What I love about JJ Audubon's is the attitude he injects into the subjects. More like characters personified than wild animals. Also the dreamy water color landscape backdrops.
white headed eagle from Birds of America by John James Audubon London: 1827-38

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