Birdspot. On the road. Drawing birds.


This little gem of a sketch is by Rosa Bonheur, an art history book stalwart if ever there was one. My ancient copies of Gardner’s Art through the Ages, or Janson’s History of Art seemed to have exactly two women artists before 1970: Artemisia Gentileschi and Rosa Bonheur. I’m sure there were perhaps one or two more, but you get the idea. When I saw this in the Mass Audubon’s Visual Arts Center collection, my jaw dropped, and into my exhibit it went (Ink, Internet, & Identification – Catherine Hamilton as Curator and Artist – opens Jan 16, 2011). Though not a bird, it embodies everything I love about sketching, and drawing. Just look at the movement in the head on the elk (?) on the right. Astonishing.

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  1. [...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Sharon Stiteler, WildBird editor. WildBird editor said: RT @birdspot An incredible sketch by Rosa Bonheur! From the @MassAudubon VAC & included in my upcoming exhibit: [...]

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