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    Scott Gentling, John Graves, and Stuart Gentling
    Of Birds and Texas (Complete Portfolio)
    Offset lithographs in colors
    28 x 22 inches (71.1 x 55.9 cm) (sheet, each)
    Ed. 199/500
    Signed and numbered in ink on colophon
    Published by Gentling Editions, Fort Worth, Texas

    PROVENANCE:
    Private collection, Fort Worth.

    Scott and Stuart Gentling's Of Birds and Texas is the culmination of their travels across the state and was published just in time for the 150th anniversary of the founding of The Republic of Texas. A limited edition of their forty exquisitely detailed bird portraits and ten Texas landscapes, with commentary and an essay by Texas author John Graves, received immediate praise and comparisons to John James Audubon's Birds of America. Indeed, the brothers were inspired early in their lives by the paintings of Audubon and spent more than eight years creating the life-size illustrations for their book. The birds are set against landscape backgrounds portraying the geographical regions of Texas. Texas historian A. C. Greene has praised Of Birds and Texas as "the most stunning and prodigious book in Texas history."

    In 2019, The Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, TX established The Gentling Study Center. They have already mounted one exhibition of the original Of Birds and Texas paintings. With future publications and shows in the works highlighting the Gentling twins' contribution to American painting, there is an increased collector interest in their work.




    Condition Report*: Comes in original portfolio box. No apparent condition issues.
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