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Polar bear fending off wolves [supplied title for the painting]
New York, 1930. Watercolor and pen-and-ink painting, with highlights applied in white, 26 x 18 inches, an action scene of a polar bear on hind legs fighting off a pack of wolves, a wolverine perched on a snow-covered ledge above, ready to strike - "nature, red in tooth and claw." Signed by the artist in the lower right corner. The painting was produced to serve as the frontispiece for Paul Annixter's Wilderness Ways (1930). Bull was among the most respected illustrators of North American wildlife during the first half of the 20th century. A native of West Walworth, New York, he studied at the Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute in Rochester, before becoming an apprentice taxidermist at the Ward Museum of Natural History. In 1893 he prepared an exhibition of 400 birds for the Guatemalan government for the World's Columbia Exposition in Chicago. His outstanding work on the project won him an appointment as chief taxidermist of the National Museum in Washington. Much of his free time was devoted to his lifelong pursuit of drawing and painting animals, and he was a frequent visitor to the National Zoo; he also took classes at the Corcoran Gallery. Determined to devote himself fulltime to his art, he moved to New York, spending decades there producing paintings for illustrating books and magazine articles, more than 100 titles, and contributing regularly to the Saturday Evening Post, Life, Colliers, and other periodicals. He was especially noted for the anatomical realism of his depictions, a skill derived from his long experience as a taxidermist. Old tideline along bottom edge, upper corners a little chipped, one cracked, other minor wear around the edges. (#5190).
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