Queen Annes Lace and American Goldfinch – 11″ x 15 1/4″ – 950 Edition Signed and Numbered Paper Prints
“It flits and twitters just like a canary, and in fact, that is what the goldfinch is – America’s wild canary. In my opinion, with his dapper yellow and black with white trim, he is more handsome by far than any tame canary that I have ever seen.
The goldfinch is found all over North America in open country, particularly where there are weedy meadows and small trees. The nest is a perfect little cup set in a small tree or shrub from just above the ground to eye level. When it is available, the “cup” is lined with horse hair that is carefully woven to form a smooth cradle for the babies.
In a sense, the main subject of the painting is the meadow. It is an undistinguished little piece of the world which we all too readily take for granted. In fact, meadows with their multitude of plants are often considered “wasteland” and are cut, or even worse, sprayed with poisons. I feel that when you stop to look at it, a chunk of meadow can give as much pleasure to the eye as acres of tulips.
In this particular scene, Queen Anne’s lace is the dominant flower. It is jaunty, yet delicate and reminiscent of the finery worn in royal circles a few centuries ago. The goldenrod has a ring of nobility in its name and brings a yellow accent to accompany the bird. My aim is to give a feeling of life, movement and air to this bit of nature. In a sense, I am glorifying a neglected corner of our planet.” – 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.