29 July 2014

Luminous wildlife


Luminous wildlife artist, Bruno Liljefors (1860-1939) was a Swedish painter. His works combine an appreciation for biological and ecological principles with a mastery of realistic impressionism, setting a new standard for wildlife art. (More @ National wildlife federation.)

1886, Tornseglare
1888, Steglitsor

1890, Rapphöna med tusenskönor

1891, Vinterlandskap med domherrar

I paint animal portraits, Bruno Liljefors said in 1902.

1918, Svanar

1918, Svanar

He portrayed the predator and prey relationship with a variety of players and in various stages of the action.

His predator and prey interactions were in his estimation the most intense and dramatic event that an animal would encounter in its life, says Martha Hill, the author of a biography that celebrates his artistry.

1920, Fällande örnar mot vinterhare

1920, Svanar vid strandkanten

1924, Örn jagande hare

1924, Svanar

His later works were simplified and looked more modernist.

1937, Ejdrar på kobbe

1937, Orrar i vinterlandskap

1938, Räv och gräsand

Bruno Liljefors painted many birds, as you can see, but also a few human portraits and several foxes.