Woodland Wonders, 1977, by Charley Harper (American, 1922–2007). Ever a conservationist, Charley Harper transported viewers into the natural world via lively but self-described flat images that don’t lay claim to the third dimension. Rather, his paintings of forest fauna and flora, colorful canyons, teeming coral reefs, and, above all, brilliant birds, emphasize hard-edged simplicity. Harper’s simple geometric shapes, patterns, and vivid colors succinctly express the essence of each creature he portrayed.
Harper’s posters have been published by more than fifty nature- and conservation-oriented organizations, including this one, his first, for the Cincinnati Nature Center in 1977. They have become some of his most enjoyed works—skillful and playful menageries of local wildlife. Thoughtfully conceived and engagingly intricate, this 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzles combine superb color reproduction, stunning and unusual images, and sturdy construction to delight generations of novice and veteran puzzleworkers. Not suitable for children under 3 years.