Olson, Roberta J M

John James Audubon (1785-1851), artist, naturalist and creator of the celebrated The Birds of America, is widely regarded as America’s first exceptional watercolourist. Audubon as Artist offers a unique exploration of Audubon’s artistic journey, intertwined with the drama of his life, unveiling how he studied both past and contemporary artists to forge entirely innovative, exemplary works of fine art. Roberta J. M. Olson delves into the controversies surrounding this legendary figure, who, for the first time in history, accurately represented all avian species life-size. Beautifully illustrated, Audobon as Artist chronicles how Audubon infused ornithological illustration with a sense of exhilaration, breathing new life into once-conventional formulas and transforming them into awe-inspiring masterpieces.


Reaktion Books, March 2024.  383 pages, 130 colour and 55 black and white photos and illustrations