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Robert Bateman Original Lithograph

Robert Bateman

290 Signed & Numbered Original Lithograph
21" x 14"

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Robert Bateman - Great Blue Heron Lithograph - Ardea herodias

"The process of original printmaking appeals 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 my hand."

This elegant bird is the largest of the heron family. Over half of its length is the
head and neck, a well-designed javelin system. The gracefully folded neck
can straighten with lightning speed aimed at a luckless frog or fish. With a toss
of the head, the prey is swallowed and the hunting pose is resumed. So
motionless is this pose, that the heron resembles a painting on a Japanese
screen, or goes unnoticed altogether. Many times I have paddled around a
curve in a river to be startled by a croaking squawk. The heron inevitably sees
me first and takes off on great wings which spread as wide as I am tall. When
taking flight, the neck is stretched out but is folded back as the cruising
speed is reached. Herons are mistakenly called cranes by some people, but the
much rarer cranes fly with necks outstretched.

Great blue herons are found where land and water meet in almost all of the
habitable parts of North America
.Robert Bateman

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Robert Bateman - Great Blue Heron - Original Lithograph


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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Robert Bateman - Great Blue Heron - Original Lithograph