February 11th

1905 – Zdeněk Burian Born

On this day in dinosaurs, one of the great paleo-artists of all time was born. Czech visionary Zdeněk Burian abandoned the stylized and/or speculative approaches of his predecessors and brought prehistoric animals to life with his brushstrokes through realism. He depicted many of the most famous lifeforms of the past–including a gallery’s worth of legendary dinosaurs–and his own fame grew beyond his native country.

Burian / Citarny
Burian / Citarny

Internationally, Burian is acclaimed for his artistic achievements. The words “romantic” and “heroic” crop up often in the writings that attempt to describe his vision of prehistory. Even today, as science has given us lively feathered dinosaurs, Burian’s work still has a visceral impact on the viewer. There is a bold vitality in his figures, and a sense of grandeur that evokes all that is powerful and mysterious about the natural world, past and present.

Tarbosaurus baatar by Burian / ZBurian.blogspot.com
Tarbosaurus baatar by Zdeněk Burian / ZBurian.blogspot.com

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