By the River by Robert Bateman
(45 x 68; Showstopper Canvas; Edition Size 50; $4800.00 U.S.)
(24 x 36; Canvas Collection; Edition Size 180; $795.00 U.S.)
“There are so many things about elephants that are special that many books have been
written on the topic. Their large size, extaordinary ears and versatile trunks are unique in
the animal kingdom. But it is possibly their brains that are most significant. The saying
goes that ” elephants never forget ” and there are many , many stories of elephants
remembering and recognizing people after numbers of years. Their social structures
and family relationships are probably as deep as those of humans.
The older females, considered to be the wisest, are the individuals that rule the herd.
They raise and teach and protect their young with what can only be called loving care.
This is the feeling I wanted to show in this painting. The visual elements are
interconnected to illustrate the close connection of the herd. There is an
elegant ponderousness to their movements.
Their slow swaying is like the low rhythms of cello and bass in a symphony orchestra.
Although I saw this actual grouping in a brilliant flat light at high noon, I chose to change
the light and color to a rich and subdued hue in keeping with the quiet comfort of the
domestic life of the herd.”
Robert Bateman has been called the most famous living artist. He continues to paint and tour the world to promote conservation and preservation of nature. We have represented Robert Bateman for decades and are now the sole publisher and distributor of his reproductions. We are so honored to work with him and witness his success. He has made such a massive contribution to the art world and the natural world as an artist and educator of the earth’s most important resources.
Nature as a subject is becoming more and more popular as our environment is in peril. What better subject is there than the beautiful creatures we share this world with? Robert Bateman’s appreciation and understanding of nature are apparent in his paintings. He is able to paint flora and fauna the way your eye would perceive it in real life. It is important that the animal takes full attention. The background becomes muted, and therefore it doesn’t take too much focus away from the subject. His paintings seem effortless and masterful all at once.
Bateman’s eye for composition is unparalleled. Each painting is a composed like a symphony, leading the eye to wander. From the backyards of North America to the sprawling plains of Africa. Robert Bateman captures nature the way it should be enjoyed. Above all he is a champion of wildlife. For this reason he has become a household name for art collectors.