Fox and Beehives – 20 1/4″ x 30 3/4″ – 950 Edition Signed and Numbered Paper Print
“Artists through the ages have always painted that which is close to their hearts. Most have a quiet passion for a place. I suspect that is why we are so attracted to the work of Van Gogh and Andrew Wyeth. I have several special places where I have invested many happy years. This is why Fox and Beehives has so much meaning for me.
When I returned from my trip around the world in 1958, my whole goal in life was to find some land in the country and settle down. This is a corner of that land. All of the white pines in the painting were planted by me as little seedlings in 1959. The white pine has always been my special tree species. I love the soft, billowy effect of the foliage. A Dutchman in our neighborhood asked if he could place some of his beehives in the shade of the pines at the corner of the meadow. We got an annual bucket of excellent honey in the bargain. In the painting, the hives are wrapped in tar paper for the winter.
The hill in the background is our driveway. The ruddy glow of the western sky gave me the idea of a fox color. That is the magic time of day, when foxes are “on the prowl”. (Incidentally, those are the same pines I used in my 1984 painting of that” – Robert Bateman
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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.