Ruby Throat and Columbine


Ruby Throat and Columbine – Renaissance Edition by Robert Bateman


Ruby Throat and Columbine – 12″ x 16″, 180 SN and 40 AP, $450.00 US Retail

“Hummingbirds have a very special place in the kingdom of birds and a special place in people’s affections. These finger-sized bundles of energy have the fastest wing beats and, therefore, can hover in place with complete control up, down or backwards. They also have appeal because they are the smallest of birds, and they are associated with flowers.

The ruby-throated hummingbird is the only species found east of the Mississippi. Like the other “hummers”, they build a nest of spider webs and the fine downy hair of plants. The nest is attached to a horizontal branch and covered with lichens. It resembles a little natural “knob” on the branch. It would be possible for you to have a hummingbird nest a few feet from your house and never know it. Hummingbirds prefer flowers with long tubes into which they can poke their bills to obtain nectar. The columbine is an excellent example of this type of flower. They also grow in moist, wooded places frequented by hummingbirds.

In this picture, I wanted to give the feeling of richness, intimacy and elegance. I have lit the flowers from the back to give them a transparent glow, which echoes the jewel-like quality of the bird. The little rock wall in the background serves as a relatively neutral setting permitting the main subjects to glow. The rhythm in the rocks and the curve of the grass suggests the swinging flight of the bird.” – Robert Bateman


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.

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12" x 16 S/N, 12" x 16 A/P