Mating Game by Robert Bateman
(Paper, 18 x 13 3/4, 1500 Edition, $95.00 U.S. suggested retail)
(Giclee Canvas Collection, 21 x 16, 350 Edition, $295.00 U.S.)
“It is not difficult to see lions in “safari country” of Africa. In fact, it is almost
impossible not to see them. It is, however, a special privilege to witness the
“mating game”. Actually it is not much of a game. When the female is ready,
often a friend of the dominant male – sort of a best man – spends time with
her to help her get into the mood, close but not consummated. Then the main
male comes close, but just sort of hangs around with a sheepish expression. All
of a sudden with a great deal of snarling and growling, he makes the connection.
This lasts for a few seconds. She snarls and snaps and so does he, but it is mostly
bluff. He then lies down near her, and she rolls over and lies down not far away.
Then they wait. Then they do it again. This goes on for days. Except for the
brief “moments of truth” the whole scene projects an image of languor and
boredom. However , that brief moment makes it all worthwhile from the
lions’ point of view and from the artist’s point of view.”
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.