One of the most endangered big cats in the world in the world inspired Biro drawings for my plate diptych of Amur Leopards.
European exploration from the 15th century onwards saw the beginnings of plundering the natural world and its legacy that has been inherited to date. A fragmented drawing of Rembrandt’s etching, ‘The Windmill’, 1641 symbolises the depiction in European art during the 15th to the 17th centuries of new and exciting discoveries from distant lands and represents man’s fascination with collecting and hunting exotic species. As few as 45 Amur Leopards exist in the wilds of Ussuriland in Russia at present and only an estimated 7-12 individuals remain in China.
Still photographs taken of the leopard from Cartier’s 2012 advertisement, ‘L’Odyssée de Cartier’, Bruno Aveillan depict the beauty of leopard species’ in ‘Our Loss’ and convey the possible loss of wild leopard sub species such as the Amur Leopard whilst questioning the training of wild animals to perform for human gratification.
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