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John James Audubon: A Self-made Man

It’s not hard to spot a bird or mammal painting done by John James Audubon. Their impressive detail and serene coloring are trademarks of the artistic naturalist. But what may not be so easy is picturing the man behind those great works.
A new show now lends some biographical perspective. At 9 p.m. on July 25th, PBS’s American Masters series airs John James Audubon: Drawn from Nature, an hour-long presentation that traces Audubon’s turbulent, yet productive life—from his frontier adventures and brush with bankruptcy, to his artistic successes and stormy marriage.
For more information on the American Masters series, visit
For scriptwriter Ken Chowder’s behind-the-scenes account of the filming of John James Audubon: Drawn from Nature, visit:


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