Le Tyian Savana by Jacques Barraband


Le Tyian Savana


Jacques Barraband

Ref GM032
Type Fine Art Print
Image Size 17" x 23" (43 x 58 cm)
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Barraband’s most important work was the series of around 300 drawings which he completed for the three renowned ornithological monographs by the scientist François Levaillant. These were the Histoire Naturelle des Oiseaux de Paradis et des Rolliers (birds of paradise), the Histoire Naturelle des Perroquets (parrots) and the Histoire Naturelle des Promerops (toucans). All three monographs were published at the turn of the nineteenth century and proved to be a landmark in ornithological publication because, in part at least, of quality and the sumptuous nature of the colour plates which were included. At the turn of the 19th Century, Levaillant was one of the new breed of scientists who began to travel the world to explore the natural habitats of the animals and birds which they studied. Increasingly these scientists worked in partnership with artists who were able to portray their discoveries, and Barraband’s enormous technical ability added considerably to the importance, and accessibility, of Levaillant’s scientific work. Le Tyran Savana is also known as the Fork-Tailed Flycatcher and occurs in a wide variety of habitats between Mexico and Argentina. The males have an extremely long forked tail, though juveniles and females have a shorter version. Flycatchers are primarily insectivores, but will eat berries and small fruits during the winter if necessary.