December 2014/ Peter Rabbit

It is always difficult for me to start a post but this week my artist friend Chi Mai helped me out. She has challenged us to send her a Christmas postcard by regular mail. This week her french cousin sends her this gem.George from France post card

I fell in love with this sentimental landscape. Rabbits, throughout history have touched our heart and as subject matter in the art world have a dollar value. Beatrix Potter (1866-1943) known for her Peter Rabbit tales also illustrated and marketed christmas cards. The Arrival, sold at London Sotheby’s for £121.250 and The Departure for £289,000 ( july 18, 2006). The christmas card was invented by Sir Henry Cole in 1843 when he had too many cards to write by hand. He would love the e-card available to us now.

Beatrix Potter, The Arrival, christmas card painted about 1892

Beatrix Potter, The Arrival, christmas card painted about 1892

Beatrix Potter, The Departure, christmas card painted about 1892

Beatrix Potter, The Departure, christmas card painted about 1892

The most famous rabbit or hare is by Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528). Animals at the time Dürer painted the hare were not generally considered to be appropriate subjects for serious art. By the 20th century in Europe, George Stubbs equestrian painter changed the attitude and animals took their rightful place in galleries and auctions. If you want to e-card the image of The Young Hare to a friend go here and fill out the form.

Young-Hare-, watercolour and gouache ,1502, 251x226mm

To all my followers, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2015.  Many thanks to all who took the time to add comments. I appreciated these comments and it made me happy not to think I was writing to a blank space.

Thanks, love your drawings of Peter Rabbit

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