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Collection of essays written to mark the bicentennial of the artist's birth.
Audubon: A Retrospective, a collection of essays written to mark the bicentennial of the artist's birth, is a welcome addition to the existing body of literature on John James Audubon. Written by noted authorities on American history, art history, American literature, contemporary ornithology, and the mechanics of nineteenth century art reproduction, these essays examine the most important aspects of Audubon's artistic career:
James H. Dormon provides an overview of Audubon's life in "Audubon: The Man and His Milieu." Carolyn E. De Latte investigates the hardships endured by Lucy Audubon and her often overlooked contributions to her husband's success as an artist and as an ornithologist. Audubon's artistic ability matured during the Louisiana phase of his career, a development examined by Kathryn Hall Proby. Gloria K. Fiero assesses the purely artistic merits of Audubon's work, while Lois E. Bannon recounts the manner in which "The Audubon Prints" were manufactured and distributed. Barbara Cicardo evaluates Audubon's significance as an early American writer in "From Palette to Pen: Audubon the Writer." Finally, John P. O'Neill contrasts his own experiences as an artist ornithologist with those of Audubon in "Studying and Painting Birds: Audubon's Time Versus Today."
These essays provide the best available introduction to the life and times of John James Audubon.
"Audubon: The Man and His Milieu" by James H. Dormon
"Lucy Audubon: The Frontier Spirit" by Carolyn E. De Latte
"Audubon in Louisiana" by Kathryn Hall Proby
"Audubon the Artist" by Gloria K. Fiero
"The Audubon Prints" by Lois E. Bannon
"From Palette to Pen: Audubon the Writer" by Barbara Cicardo
"Studying and Painting Birds: Audubon's Time versus Today" by John P. O'Neill
Center for Louisiana Studies
"A sharp, contemporary insight into Audubon's pivotal role in American natural history...a valuable resource and a pleasure to read." Journal of Southern History
Audubon: A Retrospective is a collection of essays written for a symposium held at the Lafayette Museum of Natural History in honor of the bicentennial of the birth of the artist and naturalist John James Audubon. Although these six well-documented essays vary somewhat in strength, together they provide a sharp, contemporary insight into Audubon's pivotal role in American natural history. . . . For the Audubon scholar or amateur birdwatcher, Audubon: A Retrospective is both a valuable resource and a pleasure to read.
JOURNAL OF SOUTHERN HISTORY (Feb. 1992)
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Library of Congress: 89-63656
Book Publisher: Center for Louisiana Studies
No. of Pages: 102
Illustrations (B&W): 13
Illustrations (Color): 1
Dust Cover: Yes