Colorful natural history prints of groupings of related species of parrots, naturalistically posed in a landscape setting. The artist combines scientific accuracy with an eye for the aesthetic beauty of the forms and hues of the birds. Vogelbilder aus fernen Zonen was republished in the 1950s and represents an important contribution to the study of parrots.
Anton Reichenow was a distinguished ornithologist and the prolific author of 288 published books and papers mainly on his specialty, African birds. In 1874 he became the curator of birds at the Berlin Zoological Museum where he greatly enlarged the collection of specimens over the next 47 years. Reichenow described hundreds of new species and subspecies, among them some parrots, reclassified a number of others that he felt had been improperly named, and had seven species named for him. As Secretary-General of the German Ornithological Society, he had a major impact on the course of ornithological study in Germany at the turn of the 20th century.
Gustav Mützel was a painter and draftsman specializing in animal subjects. Born in Berlin, he studied at the School of Beaux-Arts there. Among his best-known works are the illustrations for Brehm’s Lives of the Animals.
Condition: Generally very good with the usual overall light toning, wear, soiling.
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