Great Gray Owl | Legacy Reserve Collection

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Legacy Reserve | Edition of 20

In 1975 when Mangelsen created his very first limited edition photograph, he made the decision to hold back his most valuable prints, numbered 1 to 20, so that one day as a career capstone they would be offered as part of a Legacy Reserve Collection. Many images featured in this collection have been sold out for more than a decade, complemented by recent masterworks destined to sell out in the future.

Initially reserved for museums, conservation nonprofits, and family members, collectors now have the unique opportunity to acquire Mangelsen’s “best of the best” photographs, to own one of the twenty numbers from his personal artist reserve. Each Legacy Reserve fine art collector will be invited to join the legendary photographer for an unforgettable Grand Teton Adventure.

Mangelsen is as much a conservationist as he is an artist, and thus a portion of the Legacy Reserve Collection proceeds will be donated to critical conservation issues close to his heart.

Item Number: 1602LR

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So simple and yet visually magnetic, Great Gray Owl is a poignant illustration of Thomas D. Mangelsen the naturalist taking stock of many different moving parts in a big landscape and distilling their essentials down to a freeze frame moment of exquisite clarity. Notably, it is this early picture that put Mangelsen on the map as an emerging fine art photographer.

Serving as a touchstone, the image is counted among his classics. For hours, Mangelsen watched this aerial hunter seeking mice and voles along a fringe of forestland and sagebrush in the northeastern corner of Grand Teton National Park. “The setting—the Great Gray perched in an aspen after it had just eaten a mouse, set against a shallow abstracted background—gave me the opportunity to create an interesting composition with my 600 mm lens,” he says. At the time of its release, Great Gray Owl was among the first owl photographs available as decorative fine art and it promptly sold out.

“I discovered quickly that the rest of the world loves owls as much as I do. It gives me great satisfaction to hear how the image has a place of prominence in the homes and offices of collectors. Although many equate me and my work with large mammals and panoramic landscapes, my first passion was birds. Every single species has a sublime beauty all its own.”


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