This page is part
of a series of articles featuring animals in art. As a person who loves and cares about animals and an on-line activist for the cause of animal rights I often paint animals or include animals in some way in my art work. So I thought it might be interesting to showcase the work of other artists both the famous and not so famous who have chosen animals as subjects or have prominently included animals in their art.
These articles will also include an How To section where you can find links to art instruction information
concerning the featured animal . Also an How To Help sectionwith information concerning how you can help whichever animals is the subject of the article.
entry concerns rabbits and hares in art,
it highlights these animals as they feature in works of
art down through the ages to the present day.
Rabbits are amazing creatures, I have painted a number
of pictures of them.
Until my family and I adopted a rabbit I had no idea
just how intelligent these animals where.
This is our adopted rabbit Patch who sadly is no longer
Memorial to Patch.
He was a wonderful little creature so full of life,
he had his own personality, his little habits, his likes
and dislikes. He loved to be stroked and fussed, he got
lonely if he was left, he enjoyed his favourite foods
and had his favourite place to sleep. Though a timid
animal he was curious and liked exploring new things. In
short he was a sentient being, aware of himself, his
surroundings, his environment and my family and I.
Hares also are fascinating animals, though their speed
and agility makes them difficult to observe as easily as
Though I have had no personal contact with a hare of
course these creatures nonetheless have a certain
fascination. Both rabbits and hares along with sheep are
my favourite animals, at least when it comes to art...
and well many other things.
Below you will find a few random facts about rabbits and
hares and a selection of paintings and drawings both
past and present.
and Hares in Art - the
famous and the
not so famous
It is not easy to paint animals but it helps to look at
the work of other artists, not to copy but for
inspiration and ideas.
This is a favourite of mine because of the accuracy of
Young Hare by Albrecht Dürer
Completed in 1502,Young
painted in water colour and gouache by German artist
Albrecht Dürer who was not only a painter, but also an
engraver, print-maker, a theorist and a mathematician.
The above painting shows an exceptionally detailed
depiction of a hare. It has been suggested that the
accuracy was the result of either the artist keeping a
wild hare in his workshop or he initially sketched wild
hares and used a dead specimen to add the details of the
fur which points in many directions. http://totallyhistory.com/young-hare/
Rabbit Beneath New Year's Pine
The above is a woodblock print by an unknown artist
between 1858 and 1862
Rabbit Beneath New Year's Pine,
ca. 1860 (made for Year of the Rabbit). Woodblock print;
horizontal Chûban yoko-e format, 7 3/8 x 9 9/16 in.
(18.7 x 24.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Dr. Eleanor
Z. Wallace in memory of her husband, Dr. Stanley L.
"Hares and rabbits are mammals which belong to the
family called leporids. Along with pikas (a small animal
found in Asia) they form the order of Lagomorphs.
Lagomorphs are distinctive in that they have a second
set of incisors.
Rabbits and hares are similar in some ways but
different in others. What they both have in common is
that they are prey animals that rely on hiding or
running to evade predators."
Please note the information in this blog is included for interest only, it is not suitable for serious study as precise accuracy cannot be guaranteed. Please keep in mind that information included on this blog
has been researched to the best of my ability and any
misinformation is quite by accident but is of course