Call of the wild - (james wells)

Using texture, pattern, and movement, this gallery will show how artists depict animals.  Over hundreds of years and living on different continents, people have a fascination with animals.  Many of the same types of animals are used as models for these artists.  You will see how they are shown in the same manner, yet just slightly different.

One can almost feel the smooth, sleek muscles along this feline's back. The stone here does not appear as rough as other parts of the animal. The rough texture of the claws and teeth make this an animal you might want to stay away from. The rounded lines of the feline's body make one think it hasn't missed many meals.
This frieze depicts a rider trying to get control of his horse. The movement of the horse's legs show that he wants to lose the rider on his back. You can see his muscles moving as he bucks and kicks his legs. His eye and face have a look of wild about them. The rider's cloak is flying behind him while he attempts to take control.
As you look at this painting, you feel as if you are watching a parade of horses and riders marching along. You see the horse with leg lifted ready to put it down and continue moving past. The muted pattern of the background keeps your eyes drawn to the horse as you wait for him to march out of sight. The pitch black of the horse appears smooth and sleek as thought he has been brushed well.
Do you feel as if you should back up before this snake strikes? It seems as if one of his heads is moving towards you, possibly thinking about a bite. His body appears smooth and fluid and rounded in an almost never ending undulating movement. With two heads, it doesn't have an end and could attack from either head.
This is called the hunting dog, but the protruding bones of his ribs makes one wonder if he has eaten recently. The sharper lines of his body give the appearance of either a long time since his last meal or a very fit and trim animal. The rippling muscles are ready to take off after his next prey.
As you watch this horse racing down the road, you see the shadow of the rippling muscles pushing him forward. He almost appears to be flying along with his feet barely touching earth as the dust flies up behind. The larger size of this horse compared to other figures in the scene show how far away everything else is.
This fish has a prehistoric look to him. The bumps and ridges of the molded gold makes it appear that the fish is swimming along. His tail seems to be flipping back and forth as he glides through the water. That big eye is on the look out for dinner. Even the patterning of the scales are life-like.
Don't you just want to pick up this hare and start petting him. His hair looks so furry and fluffy. You can see the individual hairs and intricacies of the colorings of his fur. His ears look so smooth and soft. Even though he is just sitting there, you can see his ears almost twitching, listening for the slightest sound.
This doe and her fawns frolic along, carefree for the moment. The way this artist depicted them in movement helps the viewer see them running around. The use of the colors and shading and lines show the movement of muscles in the deer. The birds throughout give a feeling of flying and movement, too.
This piece almost has a calm about it. Despite the lion possibly thinking about a meal, the night sky and colors have a peacefulness to them. You can see how the wind has shaped the dunes. The lion's mane appears to be moving in a breeze. All the lines in the painting seem to flow softly in the same direction, even the lines of the dress the gypsy is wearing.
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