Defensive Stand


Defensive Stand – Giclee Canvas by Robert Bateman


Defensive Stand – 31 x 31; Giclee Canvas; Edition Size 120; $1150.00 U.S.

“Imagine that the fate of your species depended upon some of the most densely populated, strife-torn, environmentally stressed and, in some cases, corrupt places in the world. That is where the future of the Siberian crane lies.

The International Crane Foundation in Baraboo, Wisconsin plans to use the image in this painting in posters published in 8 or 9 different Asian languages — Russian, Chinese, Hindi, Urdu, Farsi, Uzbeki, Afghana-yi and others. They plan to display these posters in towns and villages throughout the distribution area of the Siberian cranes. The western population is down to about 10 birds, the central population has been reduced to 2. The eastern population of approximately 2500 birds is threatened by the Three Gorges Dam in China. These magnificent birds are the Asian equivalent of the whooping crane.
With international efforts and of course financing, the good news story of the whooping cranes could be repeated. At one point their numbers were down to 14 and now there are 300-350 birds.

I based this painting on one of the Siberians at the ICF. He is not preening, he is in a “sabre threat pose”. If you don’t get the hint, his next step is to jump you and either spear you with his beak or rake you with his claws.

I was very taken by the abstract form in his defiant pose. I hope that in some small way it will help to get the attention of enough people to bring the Siberian crane back from its course towards extinction.” – Robert Bateman


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.