Les Lapins (Rabbits), c. 1891 (published 1893)

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Henri Guérard got a solid education in Japanese art when Louis Gonse chose him to illustrate some 200 objects for his L'Art japonais (1883). In 1890 when Guérard interrupted his career as a painter-etcher to explore woodcut, Hokusai's spare animal images were clearly on his mind. The power of this stolid pair comes from the stark light-dark silhouettes, overlapped shapes, minimal modeling, and brilliant use of the buff paper as a "color."

Les Lapins (Rabbits)
Artist Life
Accession Number
Catalogue Raisonne
Stein & Karshan 32
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