The Rabbit Hunt
In his only original print, The Rabbit Hunt, Bruegel replicated the graphic vocabulary of dots and dashes seen in his most beautiful pen-and-ink drawings to evoke a vivid sense of atmosphere and light and create a deep recession into space. His representations of nature, including majestic mountains-an unusual and popular subject in the flat Netherlands-exemplify an unprecedented naturalism. What at first appears to be a pleasant landscape peopled by a hunter searching for hares actually illustrates an ominous and cautionary moral tale. Aiming his crossbow at the two hares, the hunter becomes the unwitting target of a second man carrying a lance; the hunter becomes the hunted. The rotting stump...
24.3 x 31.8cm
Image and text: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 2023
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