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Robert Bateman (Prints)

Polar Bear Profile (Print)

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Renaissance Ed. Giclee Canvas; Edition Size 180
26 x 39(inches) / 66.04 x 99.06(centimeters)
Unframed (US Dollar): $1,445.00

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“The polar bear is one of the largest and most powerful carnivores in the world. Some say he is more
impressive than the grizzly bear and can be just as devastating. However, his white coat seems to make
him less threatening. It can be easily seen why his white coat would be good camouflage in winter,
even though it is as dark as night most of the time. However, in summer, one might think that white
fur would show up against the rocky tundra landscape. This is true, but the polar bear does not do
much hunting inland, and even in summer the coast and bays of the Arctic are full of pack ice. This
is his habitat, and seals are his usual quarry. The white coat is perfect concealment for stalking
a basking seal.

“My main interest in doing this painting was in exploring the fur of the polar bear, which is not really
white, but a glowing cream color. One of the most exciting aspects of nature to me is the fact that
the surface texture of rocks, plants or animals has infinite, yet logical, variety. “Even the surface
of one animal has very different sections with different shapes, forms and textures, all caused by
the physics, chemistry and biology of that particular area. Moving across the bear from muzzle
to head to flank is an adventure for the eyes. It is like flying over a complex landscape. The pale,
uniform color of the polar bear allows me to concentrate on the form in this landscape without
the confusing variable of pattern and color. I want one to be able to feel the fur in one’s
imagination. I certainly would not want to try it in real life.”