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RE: More on Knight etc
Besides which, it was E. D. Cope's design to begin with that influenced Knight.
Dr. Jane P. Davidson
Professor of History of Art
University ofNevada, Reno
Reno, NV USA 89557
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From: owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu [mailto:owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu] On Behalf Of Ilja
Sent: Friday, March 18, 2011 11:33 AM
Subject: Re: More on Knight etc
Hm, I wouldn't call Knight's Laelaps painting 'static' in any way - on the
contrary. And probably one of the single most influential paintings in shaping
even modern audience's attitude to dinosaurs. As much as being useful to
scientists, that is where 'paleo-art' (and other forms of scientific
illustration) becomes relevant: as a mode of communicating information to the
On 18 mrt 2011, at 16:27, GSP1954@aol.com wrote:
> The best painting Knight ever did is his saber toothed cat on the top of
> the cliff. When I saw it in a show at the Smithsonian it really hit me how it
> is a magnificent masterpiece. Also wonderful are a number of his murals. But
> it may be best to not always overstate his artistry. He had vision
> problems, and although it is remarkable how he overcame them it might have
> hurt. His
> work really degraded. His Nat Geo pieces were nice but nothing to write
> home about. Some pieces in the late 40s are not good.
> And his dinosuar paintings are rather static (he was able to put a lot more
> action in his mammals), all footsies usually on the ground. Dinos rather
> drab. Bodies sometimes flat (maybe from a real lack of full 3-D vision).
> Still I like and admire most of his stuff.
> I like to think that some of my art is comparable artsy wise to Knights'.
> Or maybe it isn't. As for current artists I don't claim to be the very best
> in sheer artistic technique (and am way behind Matternes when he is doing
> mammals, his attempts at dinosaurs did not work very well). What is true is
> that I consider myself the best at the combination of art quality PLUS
> scienctific accuracy in dinosaurs and certain other extinct beasts. As for
> art these days I do have a problem because I think my versions are more
> accurate so everyones else's dinos look kind off to me. It is a sad and
> curse. Feel for me.
> Now let's see if any rant at me for being an evil ogre for stating my
> professional views.
> G Paul</HTML>