Shades of Sapphire | Legacy Reserve Collection

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

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: 2762LR

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Thomas D. Mangelsen’s tranquil meditation on an African leopard, Shades of Sapphire is often mistaken for being a fine art painting. Over the course of his career, Mangelsen has enjoyed close friendships with a number of prominent artists, including some of the greatest wildlife painters of our time. Robert Bateman and the late Bob Kuhn have both used Mangelsen’s images as reference for some of their important works. But here, the tables are turned and Mangelsen employs advice imparted by those masters.

Shades of Sapphire - Leopard captures the elusive cat lounging in a sausage tree in the Seronera section of Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park. It won the praise even of Bateman. As the title implies, myriad shades of sapphire, aquamarine and brilliant green lichens play off the jewel-like eyes of the big cat. In some tribal legends if one peers into the gaze of a feline predator you can see eternity.

“Bob Bateman taught me, and demonstrated in his work, the power of repeating patterns, forms, shapes and negative space, which he employed to perfection. For the viewer, in considering all of the pieces including the leopard’s signature spots, it is like assembling a puzzle.”


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