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Rough - Legged Hawk In The Elm By Robert Bateman

By Robert Bateman

Rough - Legged Hawk in the Elm by Robert Bateman

This painting is an important landmark in my work. For almost two decades I had been working through a gradual evolution in my art. In my twenties I had moved from Impressionism to Post-Impressionism and Cubism. By my early thirties I was working in Abstract Expressionism.

The exploding forms in the center of the American elm generally make me think of a Franz Kline painting. I took a three foot by four foot panel, and I did a bold gesture painting in the presence of the elm tree. My view was from the upstairs bathroom window of an old farm house so that I could be looking directly at the center of the tree. The abstract painting was finished in a few minutes. It was strong and exciting.

I left it for two or three years, and while teaching in Nigeria I began to paint realistically again. When I returned, I looked at my elm abstract, and although it was a powerful idea, I thought I would prefer the surface of the real world, in this case, elm bark, to the mere surface of the paint. I went back to my bathroom studio in the farmhouse and worked on the texture of the trunk and delicacy of the twigs. The rough-legged hawk migrates into our area in the winter, and is often seen roosting in the elms. I thought that it would give scale and add to the power of the tree. ~ Robert Bateman

Rough - Legged Hawk in the Elm by Robert Bateman is available as a signed and numbered limited edition artist proof print with a 18 x 24 image size priced at $575. LAST ONE! Order yours today. All artwork is professionally boxed and insured and guaranteed to arrive in mint condition.

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