A clean, unmarked book with a tight binding. Small tears on top of spine of dust jacket. Full blue cloth boards. 169 pages. 10 1/4"w x 10 1/4"h. "Carl Rungius (1869-1959) is considered the greatest big game artist in North America. In his striking paintings, majestic moose, elk, big horn sheep, bears, and mountain goats inhabit awesome landscapes seemingly untouched by humanity."
During his lifetime, artist Carl Rungius (1869-1959) enjoyed a reputation similar to that of well-known Western painter and sculptor Frederic Remington. Though interest in his depictions of the wildlife and awesome landscapes of the West declined following his death, growing fascination with our wilderness heritage is bringing Rungius back into the public eye.
Carl Rungius was the first career wildlife artist on this continent. Born in Germany, a visit to Wyoming in 1895 fired Rungius's imagination and inspired him to immigrate to the U.S. the following year. He would spend the rest of his life studying and depicting North America's wide-open spaces and the creatures that inhabit them.
Rungius's paintings present majestic moose, elk, big-horn sheep, and mountain goats in idyllic landscapes seemingly untouched by humans. Rungius created the images that often come to mind when we think of "wilderness".
Rungius tended toward realism in his depictions of wildlife -- he did some commercial illustration work for magazines like Field and Stream, and paintings for the New York Zoological Society -- but he also experimented with contemporary developments in brushwork. Though his training was European, Rungius worked to find a palette that would better convey the striking contracts of colour and light peculiar to the mountains and prairies of North America.
Rungius's time spent in the west distanced him from the New York art scene that might have developed his critical reputation, but it earned him a loyal following among collectors in both Canada and the United States. Many well-known wildlife artists acknowledge his influence, and critics are re-appraising his work. The publication ofthis book coincides with a travelling exhibit organized by the Glenbow Museum in Calgary, Alberta, that is sure to increase interest in Rungius among the general public.