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Robert Bateman Bald Eagle Original Lithograph

Robert Bateman

120 Signed & Numbered Original Lithograph
11.75" x 8.875"

 Robert Bateman Signature 


"Bald Eagles , more than any bird I know, have particular, individual faces.
I feel the way about the faces of lions. It may be my special interest in predators,
but I do like to try to capture the unique expression of each Eagle. For this reason,
I enjoyed doing this portrait and could indeed do many more without tiring of
the subject.

I also enjoy the direct, hands-on involvement that the process of making an
original lithographic prints affords the artist. In a world steeped in technology,
I admire tradition and old methods. There is a great pleasure in making something
by hand and in using skills that are hundreds of years old.

With original prints such as this, the artist creates the different color plates used
in the printing( instead of having the camera create color separations as with
reproduction prints). In the case of this original lithograph, I tried to restrict
myself to two color plates. I often like to set artistic challenges such as the
white on white painting in White Encounter - Polar Bear or the black on black
in Midnight - Black Wolf. In this case, I did my drawing on the first Mylar plate,
for which I selected greenish-gray ink. Then I did another plate, for which I
selected a brownish-gray ink. I could have left it at that, but I decided for
the sake of realism to do some Prismacolor yellow hand coloring for beak
and eye and some warm, sooty color for shadows around the eye
and body feathers."  
Robert Bateman

Bald Eagle - Original Hand Painted Lithograph - Robert Bateman


Original Prints - Lithographs 

"The process of original printmaking apeals to me because it is a human process; 
it involves no complex optical equipment other than my own eyes. I believe that
technology often separates us from nature, and I like the idea that my 
original prints are made by hand."
Robert Bateman


Original lithography is an art form ideally suited to the work of Robert Bateman, who appreciates the direct,
hands-on involvement this process affords an artist.Comments Bateman, " In a world steeped in technology, I admire tradition and the old methods. There is a great pleasure in making something by handand in using  skills that are hundreds of years old. "One of the reasons I enjoy printmaking is the broad range of tone and texture the process allows;I am often reminded of the old masters, particularly the etxhings of Rembrandt. I also enjoy drawing directly on the stone. It's 'tooth, 'or texture, gives a solid, warm feeling which brings to mind the ancient seas in which the rare Bavarian limestone was formed."


Since the process of original lithography was first developed in 1798, many great artists have made memorable original lithographs in their own distinctive style. Among them is Robert Bateman, celebrated artist and naturalist known the world over. Artists especially value the lithographic process because it faithfully reproduces their line drawings and brush strokes and offers them great creative freedom. Original lithography produces a wide range of tonal values andtextures. It is a process that requires time as well as the skilled hand of a master printer  working in concert with the artist. Collectors prize original lithographsbecause no two are ever exactly the same. 

This is because an original lithograph in not a reproduction - each is an original and unique work of art. The artist  makes separate drawings, one for each colorto be printed, directly on the working surface (commonly stone or Mylar film ) to create individual plates. An original lithograph must pass through the press onetime for each color it contains. Hand coloring may be added later. Consequently, each original lithograph possesses its own unique characteristics.These Original prints of Robert Bateman bring together a time-honored tradition and a legendary artist - one whose vision is always as original as it is compelling. 





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