American Flamingo by John J. Audubon (1825)

Bluemarine campaign – Vogue 2012

In 1820 John James Audubon decided to paint every bird in North America. His aim was to realize lifesize portraits of each bird and, in order to do that, he had to adopt a large sheet of paper, called ‘double elephant folio’, measuring 39 by 26 inches (99 by 66 cm). Some big birds like flamingos or herons, though, couldn’t fit even on such a format, but Audubon always found an elegant way to make them fit into the page. By using wiring and threads to hold the dead bird in life-like position, he kept documenting the flying fauna of North America with incredible accuracy and talent. Animated by a nomadic, practical spirit, he painted with watercolors and crayons in place of oil, and he completed his work in thirteen years.

Great Blue Heron (1827)

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