Wednesday, April 15, 2015


Used copies of the highly acclaimed art history reference book, AMERICAN WILDLIFE ART, have become available at Amazon at the un-heard of price of $12 and change.  (New copies start at $95.00.)

“I knew it [American Wildlife Art] would be good but this is beyond my expectations! It is incredibly well researched and very informative. This volume will stand as the definitive work on the subject for years to come, perhaps forever … David Wagner is the
number one intellectual in wildlife art certainly in America, maybe in the world.”
Robert Bateman, Painter

“Wildlife art could not have a more eloquent or knowledgeable
spokesperson than David Wagner, and I’m sure that all artists
working with wildlife today feel the same gratitude that I do for his dedication of so much of his life and talent to our field.”
Kent Ullberg, Sculptor

“David Wagner’s prodigious research ability has produced what will undoubtedly prove to be the definitive work on the history of
American wildlife art. While others have written on particular facets of the subject, Wagner ties all the strands of the story together and presents it to the reader in a beautifully written illustrated synthesis.”
John F. Reiger
Author of American Sportsmen and the Origins of Conservation

“Although many works chronicle the development of natural history illustration and wildlife art, few provide such a concise, thorough, and scholarly examination of the topic. As one would expect, this work by independent scholar Wagner is handsomely illustrated with carefully selected examples of the evolution of American wildlife art in paintings, prints, and sculpture. Since the 19th century, wildlife art had been ubiquitous in the US, appearing as illustrations in books, magazines, calendars, and other forms of print media. These images and representations of wildlife have helped shape the American perception of the variety and abundance of the nation’s natural world. Often disdained by art critics and the national arbiters of fine art, wildlife art has always been popular with the American people. Although this volume is chronological in its organization, the author provides both additional contextual information and particularly salient information concerning the methods of reproduction of wildlife art and the significance of its mass distribution. Especially useful for students are the meticulous delineations of influences upon each artist, as appropriate, and the detailed notes that appear at the end of each section.”
P.D. Thomas, Wichita State University
Choice Magazine, September 2008



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