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Birds and Light: The Art of Lars Jonsson

Birds and Light: The Art of Lars Jonsson

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This work describes the life and work of one of the finest bird artists in history. Here, Lars Jonsson talks of a life's work made from studying and capturing the relationship between birds and light. This work is part autobiography and part exploration of technical method, and throughout it is a celebration of birds, wildlife and wild places. It is illustrated with reproduced artwork, including pages from his earliest sketchbooks, examples of his identification plates, through to the development and completion of finished canvases.

Art, Fashion & PhotographyArt monographs, history & theoryArt formsPainting & paintingsBiographyBiography: generalNatural World & The EnvironmentThe natural world, country life & petsWildlife: birds & birdwatching Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC Publication Date: 29/11/2002 ISBN-13: 9780713664058  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Lars Jonsson is widely regarded as the best bird artist in the world. His exceptionally accurate and expressive style has been achieved through a combination of talent and countless hours sketching in the field. He is also a much-respected field ornithologist. His books include Birds of Europe and Bird Island both published by Christopher Helm.

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His illustrations of birds in field guides have always had an unrivalled sense of animation, movement and characteristic jizz. This volume is a selection of his field sketches and watercolours which display his mastery in conveying fleeting impressions of moving subjects in changing light and weather conditions: instants of perception. There are also very intelligent diary notes and commentary.

Jeremy Mynott - 13/03/2012


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