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In The Background: Art You May Never Notice : NPR

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Mountain Gorillas, one of the first dioramas on which Fred Scherer apprenticed.

Most of Scherer's paintings were created between the 1940s and '60s — at a time when city-dwellers may have had little access to nature. Museum artists like Scherer worked to bring nature alive indoors.

According to Quinn, Scherer was one of many working in this genre that went back decades — "to a time that preceded really good photography."

The Birds of the Tundra diorama

The Upland Gamebirds diorama

The Waterfowl of North America diorama

I wish he had one with dinosaurs.

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