The Czech painter Zdenek Burian (1901 - 1981) is regarded by many as the most influential palaeo-artist of the modern era. His work played a central role in the development of palaeontological reconstructions during a remarkable career spanning five decades. Here is a selection of his beautiful prehistoric beasts paintings.

 

deinotherium_by_zdenek_burian_1973.jpgdiatryma_by_zdenek_burian_1953.JPGdinictis_felina_by_zdenek_burian_1977.JPGelasmotherium_sibiricum_by_zdenek_burian_1964.JPGeocenni_north_america_landscape_by_zdenek_burian_1935.jpggiant_elk_by_zdenek_burian_1941.JPGmammoths_digging_in_snow_by_zdenek_burian_1961.jpgmetamynodon_by_zdenek_burian_1964.JPGnothrotherium_by_zdenek_burian_1948.jpgparelephas_columbi_by_zdenek_burian_1961.JPGreindeer_-_mammoth_hunters_by_zdenek_burian_1932.JPGhunting_the_cave_bear_by_zdenek_burian_1952.JPGzdenek-burian_258369.jpg