Musée d’Orsay (Paris, France): The Origins. The rise and fall of Nature at the age of Darwin
This dramatic icy landscape represents the Arctic as a place of extreme and sublime beauty. Humans are nowhere to be seen and the polar bear reigns. Animal painter Briton Rivière painted the scene from his imagination based on written accounts of Arctic explorers, with the bear itself drawn from one in London Zoo. Rivière was interested in his friend Charles Darwin’s ideas on evolution and the relationship of animals to humans.
Gallery label, September 2020
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