In honor of the holiday I decided to share a few examples of how artists have depicted the mighty symbol of Thanksgiving. I can say from personal experience wild turkeys strutting their stuff is an awesome sight. Whether you plan to travel or stay home, eat turkey or not, The Arts Center wishes you a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving.

monet-turkeysClaude Monet, The Turkeys at Montgeron, 1877, oil on canvas, Musee d’Orsay

920x920John James Audubon, Wild Turkey (New-York Historical Society Edition), watercolor

Pieter-Claesz-Still-Life-with-Turkey-PiePieter Claesz, Still Life with a Turkey Pie, 1627, oil on panel

Screen-shot-2012-05-08-at-12.43.39-PMHans Heysen, Bronzewings and Sapling, 1921, watercolor on paper

James Ward, Study of a Turkey 555px-James_Ward_-_Study_of_a_Turkey_-_Google_Art_Project


Norman Rockwell, Freedom from Want, 1943, oil on canvas

40955Lionel Lindsay, Heysen’s Birds (Turkeys), c. 1923, wood engraving

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Source: Jamestown Arts Area Voices