Gentoo Penguins and Whale Bones

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Gentoo Penguins and Whale Bones – 20″ x 32 3/4″ – 950 Edition Signed and Numbered Paper Print

“The cold waters surrounding the continent of Antarctica are extremely rich in oxygen, and, therefore, have abundant plant and animal plankton to feed creatures from the tiniest fish to the largest whales. These Antarctic waters were the harvesting ground for the great age of whaling in the 19th and early 20th centuries which helped build commercial empires in America and Europe. I use the word ‘great’, but at the same time it was tragic. The largest creatures to inhabit earth, and also among the most intelligent, were cruelly slaughtered and brought to the brink of extinction.

In the cold, dry mausoleum of Antarctica, decomposition is slow. The former whaling stations stand abandoned with the great wrecks of these whales
scattered on the beaches.

The two gentoo penguins huddle among great wrecks of whale bones, colossal monuments that once were masters of the seas. The penguins give a sense of continuing life. They will soon take to the sea for the coming winter, but the great bones will stay as a testimony through the years. – 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.