Charles Livingston Bull (1874-1932)ARTIST GALLERY
From the age of four, Charles Livingston Bull had a profound interest in animals and nature and a definitive talent for drawing. While in school at the Rochester Institute of Technology, he obtained an apprenticeship in taxidermy, learning the complete anatomy of many animals. Yet taxidermy was not entirely satisfying for Bull; after work he spent hours at the zoo sketching animals and took night classes at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. After seven years of sketching, Bull left for New York to pursue a career in illustration. In his work, Bull displays strong elements of design, typically flat and decorative. His tightly cropped images create a feeling of action and urgency.