Most of my last few antique art prints have been about fairy tales, nursery rhymes, and ponies. Today seemed like a nice change of pace to take a look at “The Thrush”. No fantasy, no humorous horses, not Disney, no nursery rhymes. Nothing more magical than a very attractive work of art depicting a merry little bird. This particular bird is perched on a small limb, and seems to be smiling. The colors are softly pastel, with some attractive detail in the foreground fading into trees and sky in the distance.
As pretty as the picture is all on it’s own merits… and as cool as it is knowing this is an original print over 100 years old (circa 1870)… it just wouldn’t be ‘me’ if I didn’t point out a thrush is prominently featured in The Hobbit. (Sorry, I had to sneak in a reference to one of my favorite books!)
Mentioned by Elrond while reading Thror’s map, the thrush provides the ending scenes to the modern Peter Jackson film. As I write this, “The Desolation of Smaug” has not yet been released, so I’m very much looking forward to seeing the rest of the story. Given the last few moments of part one prominently feature a thrush, it’s probable he’ll continue to get due credit when Smaug goes on the rampage. I can’t wait to see the interaction between Bard the Bowman and our little Thrush. Heck, can’t wait to see Smaug!
Just goes to show, no matter how prosaic something looks at first glance, there’s always a story behind it. Even if it’s not the story the artist intended to tell! (And even if I tend to go off on strange tangents- that’s what art is for, right?)