Wadsworth Atheneum


Charley Harper loved animals and nature but was quick to remind folks that he was an artist, not a naturalist: "I think flat, simple, and funny." In a style he called "minimal realism," Harper used geometric shapes, patterns, and vivid colors to simplify nature's complexities and bring out each critter's personality. With the cheeky tail end of a deer or the chubby cheeks of a squirrel snacking at a birdfeeder, Harper's artwork makes viewers smile.

In the 1960s, Harper illustrated two books that would become children's classics: The Giant Golden Book of Biology and The Animal Kingdom. A lifelong conservationist, he went on to design posters for the National Park Service, the National Audubon Society, The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and other organizations. 

Twelve monthly grids and full-color artwork.
12 x 13 inches, opens to 12 x 26 inches.


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