Auguste Pelletier (French, Fl.1800-1847), White-tailed Trogon
Auguste Pelletier (French, Fl.1800-1847)
Watercolor and gouache over gum arabic
Signed: Auguste [Pelletier]
Paper size: 20 3/4 x 15 in
Frame size: 31 x 24 1/4 in
The nineteenth-century was a golden age of bird painting due to countless scientific expeditions that were conducted at some supremely exotic locales. Consequently, Europeans were brought in contact for the first time with a dizzyingly high number of (as yet) undocumented species of plants and animals. Scientists routinely employed gifted artists like Pelletier to disseminate images of the newly discovered flora and fauna.
The following watercolors by Auguste Pelletier serve as excellent examples of the artist’s ability to fuse science and aesthetics principles. The French natural history painter beautifully and accurately renders the birds’ feathers, body, and colors. Using deeply saturated colors, Pelettier successfully evokes the richness of its distinctive deep purple plumage.
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