Wednesday, June 6, 2012


John James Audubon looks like a bird.

I came to this realization when I purchased a nice 1949 copy of "Birds of America." My obsession with Audubon started when I was a child; my grandmother had an old Octavio set of Audubon books on her shelf. I would leaf through the pages studying the images with sheer delight. The colors and motion that Audubon gave each winged creature really represents the romantic art period of his day. Looking at his portrait now, I see the stark resemblance he has with one of the parakeets he so fondly drew. I wonder if the artist who created this particular portrait deliberately made Audubon to look like one of his feathered friends?

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