JOHN JAMES
AUDUBON 
FOR THE BEAUTY OF BIRDS

John James Audubon (born April 26, 1785 – January 27, 1851) was an American ornithologistnaturalist, and painter. He was notable for his studies of American birds and for his detailed illustrations that depicted the birds in their natural habitats. His major work, a color-plate book entitled The Birds of America , is considered one of the finest ornithological works ever completed. 

CATCHING THE MOMENT

FISH HAWK OR OSPREY

John James Audubon tried to draw his animals in very natural looking positions and situations, trying to capture every detail in his drawings.

  • Striving for 

    the elegant stroke

    Audubon's  goal was to create naturalness in the drawing of birds and other animals. As if the observers were watching them in the wild.

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  • Sublime visualization of details

    The task was to capture every detail, as well as to give every drawing the expression of liveliness  
    and motion.

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BEAUTY IN MOTION

THE PIED 

DUCK

One of the most enchanting drawings in , "The Birds Of America"   by John James Audubon are the  pied ducks at the seashore.

  • Birds of Prey, 

    The Iceland Falcon 

    "I sat up nearly the whole of the night, to sketch them in outline. The next day it rained for hours, and the water fell on my paper and colours..." JJA

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  • Sea Birds, The Smew or White Nun

    "The only specimen procured by me was shot by myself on Lake Barataria, not far from New Orleans, in the winter of 1819...." John James Audubon

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