John James Audubon

The graceful, bending position of John James Audubon’s flamingo allowed the artist to fit his subject—depicted close to actual size—on a single page. The silhouette emphasized the elegant curve of the bird’s body and captured its distinctive markings and trademark shade of pink. Audubon’s watercolors serve as an invaluable record of early American wildlife.

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