Robert Bateman (Prints)
Winter â€“ Snowshoe Hare (Print)
Giclee Canvas, 180 SN and 40 AP
19" x 31" / 48.26cm x 78.74cm
Unframed (US Dollar): $650.00
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“The snowshoe hare is a classic animal of the boreal forest. Its range is virtually the same
as the northern wilderness. In fact, even its coat is perfectly suited to the land that is for
half the year covered with snow. In the summer it is a warm brown which blends in
perfectly with the humus and coniferous needles of the forest floor. In winter its
coat is, of course, white which provides camouflage and protection from the predators.
This season change of color gives it its other name, “varying hare”.
This painting presented a challenge. In order to make the animal stand out, the logical
place to put it would have been in front of the dark vegetation, but I though it would
be more interesting to paint the hare as nature had intended it – white against white.
This gave me little tonal room to maneuver and show all the form and textures on the hair.”