A Special Offer
In honor of Oppenheimer Editions’ 20th anniversary, it is my pleasure to offer a curated selection of 25 works of art by five renowned artists said to define the golden age of natural history art. These are not only my personal favorites, but also ones that I consider deserving of universal acclaim.
I hope you enjoy my curated selection of natural history masterworks. Special pricing is available, but only for a limited time, from January 10th to January 31, 2019.
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Click Below for Joel's 25 Special Offers
John James Audubon
Audubon's Watercolors, New-York Historical Society Edition
A first edition printing utilizing modern technology to achieve what has not been done before. Audubon's original paintings from the Birds of America are now available to purchase. The Oppenheimer Editions prints, a limited-edition of 200 of each print, are the only available fine art prints of Audubon's original paintings.
Dr. Robert John Thornton
Temple of Flora, Oppenheimer Kew Gardens Edition
Thornton's work is iconic in botanical art. It brings a level of technical mastery without equal by combining etching and engraving techniques, while at the same time conveying artistic imagery emblematic of an historical juncture of scientific achievement, global exploration, and British imperialism that influenced the world order of the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
Lear's Fifty Best, Oppenheimer Field Museum Edition
Lear's name is widely known today by his literary works from his Book of Limericks and the famous Owl and the Pussycat. In his own day, he was renowned as an ornithological artist. His artistic prowess is often compared as equal to and some argue superior to that of John James Audubon. He published on his own and early in his career contributed to Gould's Birds of Europe.
Les Liliacées, Les Roses, Choix des plus belles fleurs, Oppenheimer Kew Gardens Edition
Redouté's name and artistry is the most recognizable of all botanical artists, and for good reason. His prowess as a water colorist combined with his observational and draftsmanship skills resulted in some of the most remarkable “portraits” of flowers ever produced. His work expressed the uncanny ability to portray a flower as a unique individual specimen with a character of its own. Additionally, he was instrumental in perfecting the stipple engraving and A la Poupee coloring techniques that allowed his printed pieces to rival the quality of the original paintings.
Hortus Eystettensis: Besler’s Fifty Best, Oppenheimer Kew Gardens Edition
Besler's work, published in 1613, stands alone as the first great natural history work that exhibits substantial artistic merit. He depicted flowering plants from around the world that were cultivated in the gardens of the Bishop of Eichstadt. We have selected five of the greatest works from the 367 plates comprising the entire opus.
Sale Price: $600