Evening Idyll – Mute Swans by Robert Bateman is a limited edition print. One can feel the silence and peacefulness of this image. Swans seem to exude the feeling of calm and quietness. The water appears to be truly rippling as the swans gracefully move through it.
“It was the quality of color, tone, and design that most involved me in this picture. There is a restricted color harmony of peach, pink, gold and purple all of which are almost the same tone so that a kind of satiny shimmering is presented to the eye. Even the swans are close in tone to the water, thus harmonizing with it. Overlying this is a bold staccato accent of greenish black. The horizontal lines are, of course, reflections in the water of the forest beyond the lake. The vertical lines are the reeds, I enjoy the dichotomy of having two totally different things resulting in the same artistic element.”
Born in Toronto, Robert Bateman has been a keen artist and naturalist from his early days. He has always painted wildlife and nature, beginning with a representational style, moving through impressionism and cubism to abstract expressionism. In his early thirties he moved back to realism as a more suitable way to express the particularity of the planet. It is this style that has made him one of the foremost artists depicting the world of nature.
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