Mad Quickies

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It’s the Friday Quickies! Pencils down! Surf’s up!


From the American Museum of Natural History:

Background Paintings in the Dioramas

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Painters such as James Perry Wilson referred to photographs and plein-air paintings to create the backgrounds for the Hall of North American Mammals’ dioramas. Wilson, an architect by training, perfected a grid system to compensate for distortions caused by the curved shape of diorama wall. A self-taught landscape painter who worked at the Museum from 1943 to 1957, Wilson painted backgrounds for 38 Museum dioramas, including 24 in the Hall of North American Mammals, which reopened October 2012.


From the American Museum of Natural History:

The Art of Diorama Foregrounds

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As a critical first step toward duplicating the natural habitats of the animals in the dioramas, foreground artists went into the field to collect specimens, take meticulous notes, and make paintings to catalog true colors. Back at the Museum, they used the information to re-create the scene with a mix of real flora and finely-crafted fabrications, from balsa wood cactuses to wax pumpkins.


Featured images are the Japanese iron and the Dadaist Pegasus.



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  1. Thanks for the link! That matchbook post went on and on—really, something for everyone. Dadaist Pegasus is still my favorite.

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