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painting of a peacock, peinture d'un paon bleu

Gwenn Seemel
Impractical fashion, guy edition (Blue peafowl)
2012
acrylic on panel
10 x 10 inches

What’s more, boys can be the pretty ones. 

Blue peacocks were supposed to have evolved their colorful predator-attracting tails as a way to impress the comparatively plain hens, but more recent research indicates that the evolutionary pressures responsible for the beautiful display were more about fitting in with the other cocks and less about giving the females something to cluck about.

To learn more about the making of this painting, watch this vlog.