We believe this to be painted by the renowned wildlife artist Richard E. Bishop. Bishop has painted a muted landscape / water scene on board, which he has signed. He has painted a female and male mallard duck in flight on the reverse side of a pane of glass. The colors and detail of the fowl are amazing. The glass is placed over the painted scene on board leaving a slight space in-between to give a three dimensional look. Another pane of glass has been added over the painted piece to protect it.
Reverse glass painting is the art of painting an image on the reverse side of a piece of glass or glass object so that the image can be viewed from the unpainted side. It has been done since early in the sixteenth century in Europe, and was known in China during the early 18th century. This style of painting has been used for religious art, abstract art, clock faces, realistic landscapes, and scenes with people, wildlife and portraits. It is a very exacting art form, especially when done as a realistic painting. The image is actually painted in reverse order on the glass. The finishing details of the painting must be put on the glass first, and must be done accurately as this is immediately covered with the next phase of the painting. So for a portrait reverse glass painting, the pupil of the eye would be painted first, then the eye, and so on in reverse order, finishing with the background. When the glass is turned over, the actual intended image is viewed from the unpainted side. Unlike stained glass, these paintings are meant to be mounted on a wall with light shown on them, instead of light going through them.
Richard Bishop moved his family to Philadelphia in 1919 where he worked at a manufacturing plant. Early in his tenure at the factory, with an inviting pile of copper plates at hand, and his natural yen and flair for drawing, he waxed a plate and scribed his first etching with the aid of a phonograph needle. It was to be expected that his subject should be birds, for he was an enthusiastic water fowler and a top-ranking field shot. Being an engineer as well, and a perfectionist, he wanted to portray the wing action and flight of birds as correctly as possible. High-speed photography was the answer, and with characteristic thoroughness he took thousands of feet of movie film of birds in flight at the rate of 128 frames per second. His pictures of birds are among the finest ever taken. He has applied the knowledge gained from careful study of these pictures, and from field observations and sketches, to many art media: etchings, drypoints, aqua prints, oil paintings, watercolors, jewelry, tiles, medals, glassware, and china. His handsomely decorated glassware and china are widely admired,
Measures: 16" L x 12" W Frame: 17 7/8" x 14" W x 1 1/8" D
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