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    Sale 1910

    Sporting And Wildlife Art Including The Collection Of Doug And Ellen Miller

    28 November 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 152

    Bob Kuhn (American, 1920-2007)

    Leopard in Light and Shade

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    Bob Kuhn (American, 1920-2007)
    Leopard in Light and Shade
    indistinctly signed 'Kuhn' (lower right)
    black and brown chalk with gouache and acrylic on card
    20 x 30 in. (50.8 x 76.2 cm.)
    Painted in 1974.

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    Kuhn wrote of this composition,'For some reason, leopards and vignettes seem a logical wedding of subject and style...getting the various patterns right is one key to successfully portraying these elegant cats.' (op. cit., p. 43). He was able to capture wildlife accurately without compromising the integrity of the artistic composition, 'I like a lion to look like a lion, but I want to do it with the absolute minimum of busy work, a minimum of concern about the less-important aspects. Number one, I don't want to lose the form, because that's what I love, but I want to totally control it...The idea is to show just enough to say what you have to say, and get rid of the rest.' (The Art of Bob Kuhn, 1989). Tom Davis comments on Kuhn's ability to convey the essence of his subjects as shown in Leopard in Light and Shade, 'Kuhn is a master at this, extracting a maximum of expression, emotion and visual interest from a minimum of carefully chosen brushstrokes.' (op. cit., p. 11).


    Purchased from the artist.

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    Please note this lot is indistinctly signed 'Kuhn' (lower right)

    Pre-Lot Text



    Tom Davis, Wild Harvest The Animal Art of Bob Kuhn, Sporting Classics and Wildlife Art Magazine, 1997, p. 43, illustrated.