Audubon wanted to paint his birds life-size
The Bird’s of America is the original book with paintings by Audubon. It contains 435 watercolors divided into five separate volumes.
In this post, we pay attention to the larger birds that Audubon painted.
15 illustrations can be seen in an image carousel at the end of this post. But first, let’s see why Audubon’s drawings are so special.
Why are Audubon's drawings so special?
Audubon paintings of birds are often set true-to-life in their natural habitat. His drawings are also very detailed and when working on a major specimen like the White-headed Eagle, he would spend up to four 15-hour days, preparing, studying, and drawing the bird. He based his paintings on his extensive field observations.
Why do some birds have a twisted pose?
All species were drawn life-size which accounts for the contorted poses of the larger birds as Audubon strove to fit them within the page size.
Examples are the American Flamingo or the Great Blue Heron
What materials did Audubon use?
Audubon worked primarily with watercolor early on. He added colored chalk or pastel to add softness to feathers, especially those of owls and herons. He employed multiple layers of watercoloring, and sometimes used gouache.
Source of the original
Our Audubon giclée prints are made from a well-preserved original edition of one of the rarest and most expensive books of the world, The Birds of America, owned by the Teylers Museum, the oldest museum of the Netherlands.
Master Copy of all Audubon's images
Heritage Prints has a master copy of all Audubon’s images, but we do not have every certified facsimile giclée print in stock.
If you cannot find a specific work on the website, please contact us directly and we will start the rigorous process of printing your individual facsimile.