Patience, Paper, Pen, and Brush: Botanical Artwork by Dick Rauh

September 27, 2014–January 27, 2015
Artist Reception: Sunday, September 28 | 2–4 p.m.
Steinhardt Conservatory Gallery

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    • Dick Rauh, Parrotia persica
7/18/02
© Copyright Brooklyn Botanic GardenDick Rauh, Parrotia persica 7/18/02 © Copyright Brooklyn Botanic Garden
    • Dick Rauh, Parrotia persica
© Copyright Brooklyn Botanic GardenDick Rauh, Parrotia persica © Copyright Brooklyn Botanic Garden
    • Dick Rauh, Salix babylonica
Pen with ink, 16" × 20" Dick Rauh, Salix babylonica Pen with ink, 16" × 20"
    • Dick Rauh, Pinus thunbergii 'Contorta', 2006. Pen and ink on D'Arches 300# hot press, 20" × 16". © Copyright Brooklyn Botanic GardenDick Rauh, Pinus thunbergii 'Contorta', 2006. Pen and ink on D'Arches 300# hot press, 20" × 16". © Copyright Brooklyn Botanic Garden
    • Dick Rauh, Pterocarya fraxinifolia, 2005. 
Pen and ink on D'Arches 300# hot press, 16" × 20". 
© Copyright Brooklyn Botanic GardenDick Rauh, Pterocarya fraxinifolia, 2005. Pen and ink on D'Arches 300# hot press, 16" × 20". © Copyright Brooklyn Botanic Garden
    • Dick Rauh, Prunus mume, 2005. 
Watercolor on D'Arches 300# cold press, 20" × 16".
© Copyright Brooklyn Botanic GardenDick Rauh, Prunus mume, 2005. Watercolor on D'Arches 300# cold press, 20" × 16". © Copyright Brooklyn Botanic Garden
    • Dick Rauh, Juniperus chinensis var. sargentii, 2005. 
Pen and ink on D'Arches 300# hot press, 20" × 16".
© Copyright Brooklyn Botanic GardenDick Rauh, Juniperus chinensis var. sargentii, 2005. Pen and ink on D'Arches 300# hot press, 20" × 16". © Copyright Brooklyn Botanic Garden
    • Dick Rauh, Ulmus parvifolia, 2008 
Pen and ink on Arches 300 lb. hot press, 16" × 20".
© Copyright Brooklyn Botanic GardenDick Rauh, Ulmus parvifolia, 2008 Pen and ink on Arches 300 lb. hot press, 16" × 20". © Copyright Brooklyn Botanic Garden
    • Dick Rauh, Acer palmatum, 2006 
Pen and ink on Arches 300 lb. hot press, 20" × 16".
© Copyright Brooklyn Botanic GardenDick Rauh, Acer palmatum, 2006 Pen and ink on Arches 300 lb. hot press, 20" × 16". © Copyright Brooklyn Botanic Garden
    • Dick Rauh, Acer buergerianum, 2008 
Watercolor on Arches 300 lb. hot press, 20" × 16".
© Copyright Brooklyn Botanic GardenDick Rauh, Acer buergerianum, 2008 Watercolor on Arches 300 lb. hot press, 20" × 16". © Copyright Brooklyn Botanic Garden
    • Dick Rauh, Acer palmatum, 2010. C.V. Starr Bonsai Museum. Pen and ink on Arches 300lb. hot press. 16" x 20".Dick Rauh, Acer palmatum, 2010. C.V. Starr Bonsai Museum. Pen and ink on Arches 300lb. hot press. 16" x 20".
    • Dick Rauh, Juniperus chinensis var. sargentii “Fudo”, 2010.   C.V Starr Bonsai Museum. Pen and ink on Fabriano 300lb. hot press. 
20" x 16".   
Very rarely is a bonsai given a name. This Juniper from the BBG bonsai collection, considered one of the top five Juniper bonsai in Japanese history, was given the name Fudo because of the (unusually strong) aura it projected when alive and even now in death. Even rarer yet is to name a bonsai after a Buddhist deity. The shape of Fudo's natural dead wood resembles the common sculptures or paintings of the deity Fudo.Dick Rauh, Juniperus chinensis var. sargentii “Fudo”, 2010. C.V Starr Bonsai Museum. Pen and ink on Fabriano 300lb. hot press. 20" x 16". Very rarely is a bonsai given a name. This Juniper from the BBG bonsai collection, considered one of the top five Juniper bonsai in Japanese history, was given the name Fudo because of the (unusually strong) aura it projected when alive and even now in death. Even rarer yet is to name a bonsai after a Buddhist deity. The shape of Fudo's natural dead wood resembles the common sculptures or paintings of the deity Fudo.
    • Dick Rauh, Pinus rigida, 2009. C.V. Starr Bonsai Museum. Pen and ink on Arches 300lb. hot press. 16" x 20".
 
Dick Rauh, Pinus rigida, 2009. C.V. Starr Bonsai Museum. Pen and ink on Arches 300lb. hot press. 16" x 20".
    • Dick Rauh, Quercus dentate, 2008. C.V. Starr Bonsai Museum. Pen and ink on Fabriano 300lb. hot press. 20" x 16".Dick Rauh, Quercus dentate, 2008. C.V. Starr Bonsai Museum. Pen and ink on Fabriano 300lb. hot press. 20" x 16".

    Renowned botanical illustrator Dick Rauh, a fellow of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Florilegium Society, has drawn a number of trees in the living collection, including specimens from the Garden’s important bonsai collection, the focus of this exhibition. Informed by a deep understanding of botany and plant morphology, Rauh’s work brings to light the architectural beauty of plants. Displayed alongside the artist’s botanical drawings and paintings will be his chapbooks, which contain additional plant illustrations as well as poems.



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