Fox Crossing – 24 x 30; Giclee Canvas; Edition Size 180; $695.00 U.S.
“This is a portrait of a particular fox. Although all foxes are perky and elegant,
this one was especially so, leading me to believe that it must be a female. She
was unusually tame, adopting a certain household in the forest of northern
British Columbia, which she visited for cat food. She was also especially pretty
with her multicolored coat. Although she was a red fox, this color form is known
as a cross fox. There is a dispute about whether the name comes from the
idea that this form is a cross between a red fox and a black or silver fox, or
whether it is because the dark area down the back and across the shoulders
forms the sign of a cross. The former theory cannot really apply because there
is no evidence that mates of a different color are needed to produce a cross fox.
In fact, although red is by far the most common form, a cross or black fox can
pop up at any time in a litter of red foxes.
I featured the luxuriant tail, a very important asset to all foxes. This one is
graced with a superb and abundant appendage. The tail, when wrapped
around a sleeping fox’s face and paws, becomes a muff and comforter with
great insulation properties, but is easy to breathe through.”
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.