Lion Head – 9-7/8 x 11-7/8; Original Lithograph; Edition Size 350; $245.00 U.S.
“The “king of beasts” is a legend in his own mind. He must be king, and he
must fight to prove it. Hunting is essential, but for him it is a sideline left to the
females. More oft than not, the lionesses make the kill, and the lion regularly
attempts, using his weight and strength, to beat them off the choicest bits. He
has to chase and bluff and perhaps attack other males who attempt to move in
on his pride of ” wives.” At times, even mating turns into a battle. But the really
serious warfare is against hyenas.
These are the ultimate enemies of all lions. Not as expert at killing for their food,
hyenas often even take advantage of a lion kill, and if they significantly outnumber
the lions, the hyenas can take over the food. Most lions don’t die of old age.
When they are too old to keep their place in the pride they become isolated and
weaker, and the hyenas seem delighted to finish them off.
This old warrior has particpated in uncounted adventures. Each scar marks an
event which could have been life-threatening. But the light in his eye shows that
he has plenty more life in him yet… if he is lucky.”
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.