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Peter Beard Art

American, 1938-2020

Reckless, uninhibited and brazen, photographer Peter Beard was, as The Washington Post put it, “as wild as the animals he photographed.” Beard produced some of the most beautiful images of wildlife ever captured on film.

Beard was born in 1938 in New York City. His great-grandfather was James J. Hill, founder of the Great Northern Railway. As a child, he spent his summers at his grandmother’s Tuxedo Park estate, where she gave him his first camera, a Voightländer. He used it to take pictures to accompany his diaries; Beard was a keen diarist throughout his life, amassing more than 100 volumes. At the age of 17, he took a life-changing trip to Africa with Quentin Keynes, Charles Darwin’s great-grandson, using his Voightländer to photograph wildlife.

After attending prestigious private schools such as Buckley and Pomfret, Beard entered Yale University in 1957 as a pre-med student. However, he soon turned his attention toward art, studying under architectural historian Vincent Scully, German artist Josef Albers and painter Richard Lindner. He graduated in 1961 with a degree in art history.

In the 1960s, Beard returned to Africa, where he met Out of Africa author Karen Blixen. Enamored by the continent’s natural beauty, he purchased Hog Ranch near Blixen’s coffee plantation in Kenya. While there, he received a special dispensation from President Uhuru Kenyatta to film, photograph and document the flora and wildlife at Tsavo National Park. This led to The End of the Game, published in 1965, which documented the demise of more than 35,000 starving elephants and 5,000 black rhinos. 

Beard became renowned for his black-and-white and color photography, figurative photos and landscapes. He exhibited around the world, including at New York’s Blum Helman Gallery in 1975, the International Center of Photography in Manhattan in 1977, the Centre National de la Photographie in Paris in 1996 and Guild Hall in East Hampton in 2016. 

Beard died in 2020 at the age of 82. His works remain in demand with collectors.

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Artist: Peter Beard
"Peter Beard: Fifty Years Of Portraits" 1999 BEARD, Peter
By Peter Beard
Located in Bristol, CT
BEARD, Peter [205] pp. Arena Editions 1999 First Edition 7 1/4" x 8 1/4" w/ Acrylic 'Red Hand-Print' Inscribed: from Peter [Beard] 205 W 57th [NYC] thanks for all Feb 15, 20...
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20th Century Peter Beard Art

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Acrylic, Paper

Four unique portraits of classical concert pianist Chau-Giang Thi Nguyen signed
By Peter Beard
Located in New York, NY
Peter Beard Portraits of classical concert pianist Concert Pianist Chau-Giang Thi Nguyen in artists frame, 2006 Four (4) separate Chromogenic prints (c-print) in artist's frame. Hand signed Signed and dated boldly in green marker by Peter Beard lower right Original artist's frame included This unique set of four works by the late Peter Beard features Vietnamese concert pianist Chau-Giang Thi Nguyen - one of Beard's muses. Peter Beard is well-known as one of Andy Warhol's friends and artistic collaborators during the Studio 54 and Factory days. But of all his many achievements, including his critically acclaimed wildlife photography, Beard is perhaps best known as the photographer who famously discovered the model Iman in Somalia, and whose images of her helped catapult her to international superstardom. Iman would later marry rock star David Bowie. In a similar vein, this set of intimate, posed photographic portraits depicts Vietnamese concert pianist Chau-Giang Thi Nguyen (also known as Cho-San Nguyen), founder of the American Vietnamese Friendship Organization (AVFO). Taken in 2006, the works show her seductively posing against a stylized backdrop of portraits of famous composers. In addition to her musical accomplishments and charitable ventures, Cho-San Nguyen is also quite the socialite herself, and in those years, she frequently appeared in the tabloids for a different reason: she was rumored to be one of the many alleged mistresses (or muses) of the very married, and very influential Google billionaire Eric Schmidt...
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Early 2000s Contemporary Peter Beard Art

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Photographic Paper, Permanent Marker

"Isak Dinesen / Blixen - Bacon / TSAVO - STARVO / brain bit leopard" Mixed Media
By Peter Beard
Located in New York, NY
Ink inscribed photographic collage portrait by celebrated artist Peter Beard of Baroness Karen Christenze von Blixen-Finecke (born Dinesen; 17 April 1885 – 7 September 1962) also known as Isak Dinesen...
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1990s Contemporary Peter Beard Art

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Photographic Paper, Glitter, Ink

"Avril Crosby" Mixed Media Black And White Photography, Silver Gelatin Print
By Peter Beard
Located in New York, NY
This work is signed, titled, dated, and variously inscribed with ink by the artist on recto. "Avril Crosby (from Yale Bowl 1958) to 133 E. 80th Street roof top 1959." Artwork Dimens...
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1950s Contemporary Peter Beard Art

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Ink, Silver Gelatin, Photographic Paper

Black and White Photograph of One Year old Gorilla in Rwanda Before the Genocide
By Peter Beard
Located in Brookville, NY
This black and white photograph by Peter Beard, measures 40"x60" unframed, it measures 48" 3/4 x 76" framed. It is printed on platinum paper by W.Ingram signed in pencil by the artist, Peter Beard. This is an A/P from an edition of 15 Exhibited Nassau Co Museum of Art 2016 -2017 Illustrated in Peter Beards Book...
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1980s Naturalistic Peter Beard Art

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Black and White

Peter Beard - Elephant's Embryo, Uganda, Platinum Print- Unsigned
By Peter Beard
Located in Miami Beach, FL
Elephant's Embryo, Uganda Peter Beard/Unsigned The original photograph "unsigned" but documented by its inclusion in "Peter Beard - Fifty Years of Portraits, The End of the Game, Eyelids of Morning, and many others. Image size: 16 in. H x 20 in. W Platinum print Peter Hill...
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1960s Contemporary Peter Beard Art

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Platinum

Peter Beard, Collector's Edition "965 Elephants"
By Peter Beard
Located in Tokyo, 13
LOT:20230825S02 Peter Beard [Peter Beard, Collector's Edition "965 Elephants"] Leather-bound hardcover; gelatin-silver print photograph; velvet-lined wood shipping crate Hardcover:...
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Early 2000s Peter Beard Art

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Silver Gelatin

I'll write whenever I can...
By Peter Beard
Located in New York, NY
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1960s Peter Beard Art

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Platinum

I'll write whenever I can..., 1965
By Peter Beard
Located in New York, NY
Signed by the photographer
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1960s Peter Beard Art

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Platinum

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Andy Warhol Jamie Wyeth (museum program)
By Peter Beard
Located in NEW YORK, NY
'Andy Warhol & Jamie Wyeth Portraits of Each Other': Rare, oversized, fold-out museum program published on the occasion of the exhibit: Andy Warhol & Jamie Wyeth Portraits of Each Other, Brandywine River Museum (Brandywine Conservancy) November 26, 1976-January 9, 1977. Cover image by: Peter Beard. Fold-out museum program in 3 parts. Thick paper. Offset printed, 1976. 8x10 inches (folded closed). Good to very good overall vintage condition with some occasional handling signs. Unsigned from an edition of unknown. Rare. Cover image by photographer Peter Beard. Further Background: "Though contemporaries, the artists James Browning Wyeth and Andy Warhol could not be more diametrically opposed. Jamie, is a third-generation member of the famed Wyeth family, who are celebrated as central figures in the revival of realism in American art (his father is Andrew Wyeth, painter of the American classic Christina’s World...
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Cheetah Cubs at Mweiga nr Nyeri, Kenya, 1968
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Peter Beard - The Death of Elephants in Tsavo Park, Platinum Print/Unsigned
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Located in Miami Beach, FL
The Death of Elephants in Tsavo Park 1971 - 1972 Peter Beard/Unsigned The original photograph unsigned but documented by its inclusion in "Peter Beard - Fifty Years of Portraits, The End of the Game, Eyelids of Morning and many others. Image size: 20 in. H x 16 in. W Platinum print Peter Hill...
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Peter Beard - Francis Bacon at 80 Narrow Street, London, Unsigned
By Peter Beard
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Francis Bacon at 80 Narrow Street, London, March 1972 Peter Beard/Unsigned The original photograph unsigned but documented by its inclusion in "Peter Beard - Fifty Years of Portraits, The End of the Game, Eyelids of Morning, and many others. Image size: 19½ in. H x 13 3/8 in. W Sheet size: 20 in. H x 16 in. W Platinum print Peter Hill...
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Peter Beard art for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a wide variety of authentic Peter Beard art available for sale on 1stDibs. If you’re browsing the collection of art to introduce a pop of color in a neutral corner of your living room or bedroom, you can find work that includes elements of red and other colors. You can also browse by medium to find art by Peter Beard in ink, paper, platinum print and more. Much of the original work by this artist or collective was created during the 20th century and is mostly associated with the contemporary style. Not every interior allows for large Peter Beard art, so small editions measuring 8 inches across are available. Customers who are interested in this artist might also find the work of Irving Penn, David Armstrong, and Larry Clark. Peter Beard art prices can differ depending upon medium, time period and other attributes. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $3,500 and tops out at $295,000, while the average work can sell for $25,000.
Questions About Peter Beard Art
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Peter Beard was known for his work as a photographer. Over the course of his career, he captured numerous photographs of endangered African animals that appeared in major publications. He died in the spring of 2020. Shop a collection of Peter Beard art on 1stDibs.

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