The lovely Woodson Art Museum in Wisconsin has an equally stunning array of bird imagery from some of American’s greatest creators during a current exhibition. Who can you expect to see?
Albert Bierstadt, N.C. and Andrew Wyeth, John James Audubon, and Frank W. Benson are only a few of the major artists currently featured at the Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin. “Audubon to Wyeth: Paintings, Drawings, and Sculptures” is exactly what visitors can expect within the exhibition.

Jasper Cropsey, “Hazy Afternoon, Autumn,” 1873, oil on canvas, (c) Woodson Art Museum 2016

Of particular note is Audubon’s “Pacific Loon (Black-throated Diver),” circa 1834. As one might anticipate, the picture displays an amazing degree of accuracy and precision. Comfortably nestled among the reeds, a pair of Pacific loons confidently pose for the viewer. A key identifying feature, the subjects’ blood-red eyes, capture one’s gaze immediately and fill the picture with life. Making this equally unique among Audubon’s pictures is its technique: oil on canvas. Audubon was known for his production of lithographs for his “Birds of America” series; “Pacific Loon (Black-throated Diver)” is a rare example of the artist’s painterly touch.

Martin Johnson Heade, “Two Hooded Visorbearer Hummingbirds,” ca. 1864-1865, oil on canvas,
(c) Woodson Art Museum 2016

To learn more, visit the Woodson Art Museum.
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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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