Free To Download Fish Paintings and Marine Art
It’s hard to believe that these fish paintings of Louis Renard were first published in 1719. They are from the book “Poissons, écrevisses et
Translated as “Fish, crayfish, and crabs … found around the Maluk Isles, and on the coasts of the Southern Lands.” The Biological Heritage Library refer to it as “Renard’s Book of Fantastical Fish”
The book supposedly shows marine life from the East Indies in 1719 when Europe knew very little about nature in that region. The marine life and fish paintings in the book have received a certain amount of artistic license. A few are even completely fictitious including a portrait of a mermaid.
Louis Renard’s created these fish paintings without ever visiting the East Indies. He based the paintings on drawings and scientific notes of other artists such as Samuel Fallours a Dutch artist.
Whatever the scientific and historical value of this important work of Louis Renard. The fish paintings are absolutely stunning the colours are so vivid. I’ve actually been snorkeling around some of the few remaining protected coral reefs in the East Indies. I was blown away with the marine life I saw. However, none of it was quite as amazing as these fish paintings, and I certainly didn’t see any mermaids.
Most of these fish paintings are actually from the third book of Louis Renard “Natuurlyke Historie” (1782) published in Holland.
These fish paintings are so beautiful though, I will be downloading a printing a collection off myself to make a lovely gallery wall display in my home.
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The Fantastical Fish Artwork
This plate of 3 fish paintings and one crustacean has lovely tones of green and orange. I especially love the patterns on the flatfish painting (194 “Touring
This page contains mainly crab and lobster paintings. However, there is one fierce looking spiny fish 219 “goujon de rivière fort excellent.”
Apparently, Courkipas is the word for a Malay fan which is a very appropriate description of the fish plate 107.
This is one of my favourite pages of Louis’s painted fish. The first fish (119) Icon Honimo is just so magnificently
I just the love the name of the first fish on this plate. Even though Schouwerdick, sounds as though it’s out of a porn film!
There is a big variety of fish on this plate from the black Sambia to the angelfish like Pesque
The first fish on this plate (201) is called Bazuin which is the Dutch for trumpet. Which is kind of appropriate as the fishes lips look like they are pursed and ready for blowing a trumpet.
The “Blauwe Staar” (blue star) fish has the most amazing facial markings. I love it’s rainbow fin too.
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