In 1803, an eighteen-year-old West Indies-born Frenchman arrived in New York City, fleeing Napolean's conscription. His Name was John James Audubon, and his life's work would become inextricably entwined with the new world he so proudly adopted in his motto "America, my country."Dreamer, vagabond, romantic, and genius, Audubon was an archetype of the passionate and steadfaIn 1803, an eighteen-year-old West Indies-born Frenchman arrived in New York City, fleeing Napolean's conscription. His Name was John James Audubon, and his life's work would become inextricably entwined with the new world he so proudly adopted in his motto "America, my country."Dreamer, vagabond, romantic, and genius, Audubon was an archetype of the passionate and steadfast frontiersman. His turbulent life was a fusion of personal daring, tenacity, and boundless devotion to the land he came to love above all. Combining meticulous scholarship with the dramatic life story of a naturalist and pioneer, "Audubon" reexamines the artist's journals and letters in the first new biography of Audubon to come out in almost thirty years. The life of John James Audubon is not only the story of one artist's quest but also a meditation on the origins of the American spirit and the sacrifice that resulted in one of the worlds' greatest bodies of art: "The Birds of America." This is the story of a legendary artist and an eternal American hero....
|Title||:||Audubon: Life and Art in the American Wilderness|
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Audubon: Life and Art in the American Wilderness Reviews
A fascinating story of the life of the greatest bird artist of America. Without formal training, the young Audubon started by sketching birds and wildlife. He combed the wilderness of many states to find his specimens. He amasses a huge portfolio over many years and traveled to England to find subscribers and printers. He finally gained acceptance by the Royal Society and other naturalist organizations anf professionals. In the process he had to leave his family in American for many years and suffer many hardships before being recognized. His Birds of America is the finest work of its kind and will never be duplicated.
Audubon in depth.Four and a half of five. The writing style is perhaps a bit terse, but not inappropriate for the subject. What a wealth of material Audubon left and what a project to winnow down to a single volume. Does a great job conveying the energy,persistence and vision of the greatest artist/naturalist of early America and the standard by which others are measured.
Sometimes, a little too much detail. Around J J Audubon's bio, the author wrote about the history that happened at the time. From the Louisiana Purchase to the 1849 California Gold Rush, it proved interesting. Plus all the people he met in his life, makes for good reading. If history and nature are your passions, you were meant to read this book.
It took me a while to read this and I read quite a few books in between, but really glad I finished and enjoyed learning about this avid naturalist, outdoorsman, and artist. Streshinsky made this very readable and the research was incredible.
I'll have to pick up on this thick library book later on, as I'm still curious about his life. It was a slow read for me.