Modern Wildlife Painting

Nicholas Hammond

View Inside Price: $80.00


February 8, 1999
240 pages, 9 x 11 1/4
146 color illus.
ISBN: 9780300074581
Cloth

Published in association with Christopher Helm/A & C Black

During the past century the western world has shown an unprecedented interest in wildlife and its identification and conservation, and the art of the era has both stimulated and reflected this interest. This stunning book examines the various forms of wildlife art—from photographic hyper-realism to the abstract—each illustrated by paintings or prints that best represent the genre.

Nicholas Hammond points out that in the nineteenth century, wildlife art was primarily of interest to the wealthy, and animals were commonly depicted in paintings as quarry or as fierce beasts at odds with humans. Now artists are more likely to focus on the vulnerability of animals to people in order to further the cause of their conservation and the preservation of their habitats. Hammond provides a masterly analysis of the wildlife art of this century, discussing the differences in the traditions of North American and European wildlife art; changes in printing processes over time; the growth of illustrated magazines; the establishment of commercial galleries; and the changes in styles and approaches. He then presents a survey of artists from Bruno Liljefors and Archibald Thorburn to Chagall and Picasso. The book concludes with a selection of brief biographies of the more influential artists of the century, including most of those whose work is depicted in the preceding pages. More than 140 paintings or prints are reproduced in color, representing the work of 89 artists.

Published in association with Christopher Helm/A & C Black



Nicholas Hammond is a former editorial director of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and a corresponding writer for Wildlife Art.


“An exhilarating run through a fresh new gallery of images and artistic viewpoints.”—Bird Watcher’s Digest

“Whether you sink your teeth into the text or just flip through the gorgeous images, this book is a must for all bird enthusiasts.”—Diane Jolie, Birder’s World

"[A] handsomely illustrated work. . . . Students of this subject will find of particular interest not only the illustrations and the artist’s biographies but also the discussion of the significance of wildlife illustrations for field guides and handbooks and the relationship of wildlife art to printmaking."—Choice


"[Hammond’s] thoughtful expertise combines knowledge of wildlife, appreciation of wildlife observation, and intimate understanding of wildlife depiction in paintings."—Reference & Research Book News


"Without question Modern Wildlife Painting is a book for an animal artist to savor, to read, to refer to, and to look through again and again."—Society of Animal Artists Newsletter

"Anyone who appreciates bird art will enjoy this lavish, yet relatively inexpensive, coffee table book. . . . This book is fun to browse and wildlife artists of all abilities will find inspiration within its covers. . . . The paintings are simply stunning. Even non-artists will enjoy this book immensely."—Dan Tallman, South Dakota Bird Notes


Named an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice Magazine