Charley Harper (American, 1922–2007) Once There Was a Field Charley Harper’s Once There Was a Field invites us into a wondrous world of birds, blooms, bugs, and butterflies. A breeze. Bees buzz inside buttercups. A bluebird, killdeer, and quail chase grasshoppers on a glorious morning among morning glories. The sounds are long past hearing, the scents past savoring, the sights past seeing, but all will live forever in Harper’s artwork, reproduced for you on this 1000-piece puzzle.
Puzzle size:: 25 x 20 in.
Midcentury modernist Charley Harper (American, 1922–2007) portrayed the natural world with heart and humor. In vivid colors and simple shapes, his cardinals, ladybugs, and clever critters have become icons of wildlife art. His illustrations were published in magazines and books, notably Ford Times and The Giant Golden Book of Biology. A longtime conservationist, Harper created posters for more than 50 nature- and conservation-oriented organizations. His US National Park Service posters—massive, requiring a year each to paint—showcase delightful depictions of entire ecosystems in a style he defined as “minimal realism.” In his adopted hometown of Cincinnati, his public works are the legacy of an artist truly beguiled by the wild, one whose art was a quiet catalyst for ecological action.