“For love of nature”: Brazilian Flora and Fauna in Watercolor by Etienne, Rosália and Yvonne Demonte (Online)
Compiled by James J. White. Introduction by Clarke Bruno. 1985. [ii], 46 pp.; 18 color, 35 b&w figs.; 7 1/2 x 10"; 6 oz. Pictorial stiff paper cover. ISBN 0-913196-48-7.
This bilingual catalogue accompanied a 1985 exhibition at the Institute and 1986 exhibitions at Wave Hill and the National Museum of Natural History. In the introduction Clarke Bruno described the Demontes within the context of the history of Brazil and its artistic traditions of representational painting and naturalistic drawing. The Demontes' slogan was "for love of nature." As Alcidio Mafra de Souza, director of the Natural Museum of Fine Arts in Rio de Janeiro, explained in the foreword, "Etienne, Rosália and Yvonne first study nature to know it; knowing it, loving nature, they demonstrate why it must be preserved and protected." Also accompanying the exhibition was Azure-shouldered tanagers (Thraupis cyanoptera) and Eugenia pitanga, a full-color reproduction of a painting by Etienne Demonte (1931–2004), 1984, 20 x 26", available with or without the exhibition title.