Birds in Art

Birds are beautiful. That’s not a universal truth, but one that resonates deeply with me. As much as they have been used in art, many creative people must agree.

A simple dove gives a painting of a young girl a dash of sweetness. 1760s, Joseph Wright of Derby

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Hummingbirds and Passionflowers is an excellent combination. Artist: Martin Johnson Heade (1819–1904) Date: ca. 1875–85

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The dog is most often referenced in this painting, but the parrot attracts my interest more. Young lady with a Bird and Dog, 1767, by John Singleton Copley (American, 1738–1815)

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Where would you hang this unusual item? Hieronymus Bosch, The Garden of Earthly Delights, center panel, detail, c. 1503-04 Oil on wood The Prado, Madrid

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The bird does not look happy in this one. RUBENS Pieter Paul – Flemish (Siegen 1577-1640 Antwerp) – Boy with Bird

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These look happier, possibly canaries. Emile-Auguste Hublin (1830-1891), Le Goûter (Detail), Oil on canvas, 1870

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Modern art looks to birds as part of our spirit, as in this 2000 work, Liberation by Chie Yoshii.

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I’m ignoring many paintings of game birds, using carcasses that have been shot. But note there are many, which adds to the statement that we find birds beautiful. This work combines a beautiful woman revealing a breast with several parrots. The Birds – Emile Friant

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Lots of pretty little birds are used as subjects. Fairy Wrens – Original Oil Bird Painting by Anne Zoutsos. “FEED THE BIRDS” ~ BIRD COLLAGE 8 x 8 in. on canvas board by Texas Daily Painter Nancy Standlee. Kinglet no. 31 original bird oil painting fall leaves by Angela Moulton.

But striking, dramatic birds as well.”Raven, 2011″ by Hans Droog

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And did we talk about fanciful? Gossamer Wings by Amy Judd.

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Winter Sparrow by Suzan Visser.

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art by Steve Kinney

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We haven’t even touched film, use of actual feathers, music, or other mediums. Guess that will be saved for another day.

Thanks for reading, I’ll be back on Sunday.



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