The Bestiarium: A Series of Watercolours c. 1800s.

759px-Aloys_Zötl,_Der_HulockThese beautiful watercolours come from the Austrian painter Aloys Zötl’s Bestiarium, a series of exquisite paintings of various animals undertaken from 1831 through until his death in 1887.
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He was relatively unknown until, decades after his death, his work was “re-discovered” by surrealist André Breton who was taken by the surrealist aesthetic he saw present in the images – as he writes:
“Lacking any biographical details about the artist, one can only indulge one’s fantasies in imagining the reasons which might have induced this workman from Upper Austria, a dyer by profession, to undertake so zealously between 1832 and 1887 the elaboration of the most sumptuous bestiary ever seen.” (Wikipedia)
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[Source] Housed at: Wikimedia Commons
See more Images via The Bestiarium of Aloys Zötl (1831-1887) | The Public Domain Review.

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