Barraband Pl. 10, L' Ara Mara Cana Tapire
Original Antique Print
21 1/2" x 14 3/8" (approximate)
The Histoire Naturelle Des Perroquets Edition
Jacques Barraband’s rendering skills are unparalleled. His prints of birds remain among the most lifelike in natural history art. His luminously colored engravings, combined with Levaillant’s exact ornithological depictions represent a high point in the history of ornithological art.
In his work, the birds seem to glow on the paper, giving off an inner vitality that comes from a brilliant use of color, a near perfect rendering of feathers, and a breathtaking mastery of the printing process. Barraband collaborated with Louis Bouquet and Langlois to create the engravings. The plates were then inked à la poupée, an early method of color printing.
Barraband was well-known for his accomplishments as an artist long before he came to work for famed French naturalist Francois Levaillant. From 1801—1805, these men collaborated on the world’s best-known natural history work about parrots, Histoire Naturelle Des Perroquets. The pair would go on to collaborate on other great works, Histoire Naturelle Des Oiseaux Des Paradis et des Rolliers (Birds of Paradise), and Histoire Naturelle des Promerops (Toucans).
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