Artwork by Robert Bateman,  Cardinal and Oak, 1971

Robert Bateman
Cardinal and Oak, 1971

acrylic on board
signed lower right
15.5 x 18 ins ( 39.4 x 45.7 cms )

Auction Estimate: $15,000.00$12,000.00 - $15,000.00

Price Realized $31,200.00
Sale date: June 8th 2023

Jack & June Ord Collection
By descent to the present Private Collection
The work of Robert Bateman reflects the artist’s commitment to environmentalism. In addition to being an active member of numerous conservation and environmental organisations, his artwork has raised millions of dollars’ worth of funds for these noble causes. With a degree in geography and a twenty-year career as a teacher, it was not until 1976 at the age of forty-six that Bateman took up painting full- time. The artist’s work has undergone numerous iterations from realism to impressionism to cubism and back to realism, but the unifying theme is his love and respect for the natural world.

The cardinal is an iconic North American songbird. As a non-migratory bird, the cardinal’s vivid red colouring stands out against snowy landscapes. Perhaps reminiscent of this, Bateman chooses to focus the viewer’s attention on the captivating bird in “The First Cardinal” by creating a white background interlaced with muted leaves and branches. The entire pictorial plane is designed to showcase the central subject matter.

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Robert Bateman

Robert Bateman was born in Toronto on May 24, 1930. Bateman is an influential pioneer in his field of art paying homage to the world of nature. His respect for the environment is undeniable and his constant pursuit to help others see the importance of its fragility is extraordinary. Bateman says, "I can't conceive of anything being more varied and rich and handsome than the planet Earth. And its crowning beauty is the natural world. I like to soak it up, to understand it as well as I can and to absorb it. And then I like to put it together and express it in my paintings. This is the way I want to dedicate my work."