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
Hummingbirds and Passionflowers is an excellent combination. Artist: Martin Johnson Heade (1819–1904) Date: ca. 1875–85
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)
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
The bird does not look happy in this one. RUBENS Pieter Paul – Flemish (Siegen 1577-1640 Antwerp) – Boy with Bird
These look happier, possibly canaries. Emile-Auguste Hublin (1830-1891), Le Goûter (Detail), Oil on canvas, 1870
Modern art looks to birds as part of our spirit, as in this 2000 work, Liberation by Chie Yoshii.
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
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
And did we talk about fanciful? Gossamer Wings by Amy Judd.
Winter Sparrow by Suzan Visser.
art by Steve Kinney
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.