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Beautiful bird art exhibit in Chicago

Paintings by artist David Kroll will be on display at the Zolla-Lieberman Gallery until 28 February. The art gallery is at 325 W. Huron in Chicago.

The artist, on his paintings:

Our world has been touched and tended and tamed to such a degree that it often seems we’ve wrested the wild out of the wilderness. As a species, we mistakenly believed that our survival hinged on refining and degrading nature, but it is becoming ever clearer that our actions have led to an increasingly precarious habitat for all living creatures – humans included. As the fragility of nature becomes more apparent, so does its value. My paintings explore the natural world not as an expendable resource but as a past home, once left and forgotten, now longed for and dreamlike.

The works shown on the gallery website look like an interesting mix between still-life and landscape images with birds and nests. My favorite one is Swallows and Grapes.

There is more info on the artist here.

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17th C. Dutch bird paintings exhibit

Six restored paintings from Dutch bird painter Melchior d’Hondecoeter will be on display at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam until March 9, 2009. Hondecoeter was the first Dutch artist to paint realistic images of wild native and exotic birds. We just visited the Rijksmuseum in September, too bad this exhibit didn’t start until this month. You can read more about the paintings and exhibit here.

Melchior d'Hondecoeter's The Menagerie
The Menagerie by Melchior d’Hondecoeter

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