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Bob Kuhn was born in 1920 in Buffalo, New York. Enamored with wildlife as a child, Kuhn frequented the Buffalo Zoo, studying and sketching the creatures.


Kuhn received his formal artistic training at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, where he studied design, anatomy, and life-drawing. For the following thirty years, Kuhn enjoyed a living as one of the most successful wildlife illustrators in America, with corporate clients including Field and Stream and Outdoor Life.


Beginning in 1970, he focused exclusively on easel painting, working in acrylic. Kuhn traveled the globe to find inspiration, with many of his wildlife expeditions lasting as long as eight weeks. He made countless trips to Africa, several trips to Alaska, and numerous journeys through Canada and the American West. He drew inspiration from wildlife greats Bruno Liljefors, Carl Rungius, and Wilhelm Kuhnert, and mentored aspiring wildlife artists.
 

While Kuhn was well known for his dramatic depictions of animals in action, this rare portrait of cheetahs at rest captures the species in their native habitat beautifully. The lean, fit cheetahs are restful yet alert. Africa served as a powerful source of inspiration to Kuhn, and big cats were amongst his most beloved subjects to paint.