Elephant Cow and Calf


Elephant Cow and Calf by Robert Bateman


Elephant Cow and Calf – 27 x 42; Renaissance Edition Giclee Canvas; Edition Size 180; $1150.00 U.S.

“One of the very special things about elephants is their sense of family. Elephant society is matriarchal and is generally ruled by one of the older and wiser cows. I have seen a herd rally around a wounded member, showing great courage and loyalty in an attempt to protect one of their own from harm. Herds are usually composed of females and young. Sometimes bulls are tolerated for a time, depending on their attitude. As the young males mature and become more troublesome, they are rejected by the herd. Then they wander around alone or in small bachelor groups.

In this painting, I wanted to show an unremarkable mother elephant facing a potential threat with her trusting calf at her side. In the foreground is a trampled termite mound. The viewer might notice that the grass near the fallen tree is not trampled; no animals would walk or feed in that area because the tree is in the way.” – 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.