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Animals in Art

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 section with information concerning how you can help whichever animals is the subject of the article.

This 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 with us: A 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 rabbits.

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.

Rabbits and Hares in Art - the famous and the not so famous

"Humans have depicted rabbits and hares for thousands of years. Rabbit-like creatures feature in 7,500-year-old rock paintings found in Baja California; they are also prevalent in ancient Egyptian paintings and are often found on Grecian urns."
Read more:
http://www.vam.ac.uk/blog/factory-presents/merry-march-hares-and-rabbits

Bowl with Pair of Rabbits, mid–9th–12th century
Mimbres peoples; New Mexico

Read More information about this historic work of art:
http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/1978.412.118

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 detail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Young Hare by Albrecht Dürer

Completed in 1502, Young Hare was 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. Wallace, 2002.121.10

More Information
brooklynmuseum.org/opencollection/objects/164530/Rabbit_Beneath_New_Years__Pine

Source of graphic:
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Brooklyn_Museum_-_Rabbit_Beneath_New_Year's_Pine.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love the way the artist has caught the expressions on the faces of these hares.

Jean Stote an artist based in North Somerset
http://www.jean-stote-fine-art.co.uk/

Yorkshire wildlife drawings artist Nolon Stacy

I love this artist's work, the detail is astonishing

http://www.nolonstacey.com/limited-edition-prints/wide-eyed-hare

Website: http://www.nolonstacey.com/#welcome here you will find more drawings of hares

Abstraction is an art form to which I would like to aspire,  here are a couple of artworks I came across on-line.


Original Acrylic Painting Animal Abstract "Rabbit Stops to Listen"
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/51580358205744671/


 

I like the whole series of rabbit and hare paintings by this artist, love the vibrant colours.

Carolee S Clark
http://caroleeclark.wordpress.com/2012/12/01/tilly-expressionistic-painting-of-a-belgain-hare/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moonlite and Hare

Again I like the whole series of this artist's paintings which are creative, imaginative and uplifting

Amanda Clark
http://fineartamerica.com/featured/moonlite-and-hare-amanda-clark.html

There is just so much artwork featuring rabbits and hares and it was difficult to make a small selection. Anyone interested in viewing more examples may find the following links useful:

Rabbits

An amazing Printerest collection of artwork featuring rabbits:
https://uk.pinterest.com/jdukuray/rabbits-in-art-and-life/

White rabbits in art
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:White_rabbits_in_art

Drawing of rabbits old and new.
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Drawings_of_rabbits

Hares

A fine collection of mostly hares in art.
https://uk.pinterest.com/teresue/art-hares/

Mosaics of Hares:
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Mosaics_of_hares

The graphic at the top of the page is included amongst the above graphics:
https://commons.wikimedia.org/Mosaic_Detail_hare_and_dog_anagoria.JPG

A collection of hares depicted in Islamic art:
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Hares_in_Islamic_art

More information and more art

Rabbits and Hares in Art from Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rabbits_and_hares_in_art

Facts of interest about rabbits and hares

"Rabbits and hares may well look alike but there are some significant differences in size, in diet, habitat and many other things that may well surprise you":
http://www.orcca.on.ca/~elena/useful/bunnies.html

Hares and Rabbits Fact Sheet

"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."

http://www.banbloodsports.com/ln-0506b.htm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/life/Leporidae

How to

How to Paint a Hare in Watercolour by Sheila Gill

 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8qClrNauF0

Link to a an entry on my art blog how to paint and abstract/ realism rabbits:
thejournalofastrugglingartist.wordpress.com/2014/05/18/how-to-paint-an-abstract-realism-rabbit/

How to help rabbits and hares

Useful tips from the RSPCA of how or when to help hares

http://blogs.rspca.org.uk/insights/2014/04/17/mad-as-a-march-hare/#.VajEIPlVhBc

Petition
Please do not sell rabbit meat in any Whole Foods stores.
https://www.change.org/p/wholefoods-please-do-not-sell-rabbit-meat-in-your-stores

Take Action: Pledge never to wear angora wool
https://secure.peta.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=5173

Help Stop Rabbit Cruelty - includes petition
http://rabbitcruelty.com/

Ban Hare Coursing

http://www.banbloodsports.com/coursing.htm

Why Rabbits Need Your Help More Than Any Other Animal
http://www.peta.org/features/rabbits-need-help/

Credits

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Lod Mosaic Detail hare and dog

Hare eating grapes and hounting dog from Lakonia; Roman Mosaic from Lod terraces, Israel; 3rd Century AD; special exhibition in Berlin Altes Museum (18/10/2013 - 05/11/2014)https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Lod_Mosaic_Detail_hare_and_dog_anagoria.JPG

Important:

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 possible.