Friday, March 5, 2010

Vintage Dinosaur Art: Rudolf Freund

Rudolf Freund's illustrations will be familiar to anyone who enjoys mid-century wildlife and nature drawings. He worked on his fair share of children's books in 40's and provided drawings for some editions in the ever wonderful Golden Guides series. Those are the small but mighty books that fit in your pocket, but pack a big scientific punch. Freund also did stunning work, a lot of it, for LIFE Magazine; one of my favorites is a piece on different mythological creatures in this issue.

Here's a fine Coelophysis drawn by Freund to accompany the LIFE story about the initial Ghost Ranch discovery, appearing in the August 11, 1947 issue. Ghost Ranch is one of the great fossil locales - not only in the US, but in the world. Paleontologists found so many specimens of Coelophysis there that they're still being sorted out.

1 comment:

  1. I am so glad to see that others still enjoy my grandfathers art work! Just so that you know, a few of his pieces are being shown at MOMA right now under the Quay Brothers exhibit, as they once studied under him. If you are interested the exhibit will be there until January 7th 2013.
    You may also want to look into my grandfathers best friend Rudolf Zallinger as he also did a lot of work on dinosaurs, including a mural at the Peabody Museam.

    Thanks again for sharing his work with the public!
    Jennifer Freund Gasper


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