Charley Harper Mystery of the Missing Migrants 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
Charley Harper (1922–2007) has delighted art and animal lovers with his engaging paintings for more than sixty years. His distinctive use of simple shapes, geometric patterns, and vivid colors—a style he defined as
minimal realism—succinctly captured the essence of each creature he portrayed. Harper's posters have been published by more than fifty nature- and conservation-oriented organizations.
He went on to delight legions of art and animal lovers the world over with his posters for the National Park Service, including Isle Royale National Park, Michigan. The park, established in 1940, spans a large wilderness island and more than 450 smaller islands in Lake Superior. It's home to wolves, moose, and a wide variety of birds, a few of which Harper has perched amid the birches in this poster. The artworks for his park posters—massive, requiring a year each to paint—showcase Harper's skill in depicting entire ecosystems by using simple shapes and patterns, and vivid colors.
The artist's own words: "For centuries, the neotropical migrants in this picture have shuttled between winter homes in the tropical rainforest and nesting sites in our woodlands. Now their populations are plummeting. Why? Habitat destruction. Down There? Up Here? Is your favorite songster in this flock? Each April, I listen anxiously to the dawn chorus for the return of my favorite, that world class flutist, the Wood Thrush. Are silent springs forthcoming? Remember the canary in the coal mine?"
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