Happy Easter, Happy Bunny Day, Happy Christ Resurrection, Jesus Zombie Day and all that. In honor of the holiday, I’m going to share with you a bunch o’ bunnies. Starting with a little bunny Art History and then in literature, in movies, as brands and some of the biggest bunnies in the world. I had to really cull down this post or by the time you finished reading it, it’d be Christmas.
Bunnies in Art
For the purpose of convenience, in this post I am referring to all rabbits and hares as Bunnies. I know that there are several differences, variations in species etc., but for ease and entertainment, today they’re all Bunnies.
First off, there are so many bunny-related and bunny-inspired things out there that I must leave a large majority out of this post. Bunnies, or rabbits and hares, have been prevalent in art for centuries. Early biblical engravings and religious art often had the animal in them. Dutch and Flemish Masters frequently included them as soon to be meals in their kitchen and repast scenes.
Romantic French painters like Boucher and Fragonard often had the furry little animal in their angelic and cherubic landscapes. Being chased (or eaten) is how they were depicted in many an English hunting scene. Countless Victorian Easter cards and vintage German engraved Easter cards can still be found at many flea markets and antique stores (like the ones shown below).
Today they can be seen everywhere from handmade cutesy crafts, as advertising mascots, fun vinyl toys and in many a darker representation as well, such as Joseph Beuys’ film still below.
To start with, here’s a little serious Bunny art for you. When I say serious, the following pieces go for thousands, hundreds of thousands and millions of dollars – if you can find an available original. The names of these artists are probably fairly well known to many of you. As a a matter of fact, in 2019 artist Jeff Koons’ stainless steel Rabbit (1986) broke the auction record for contemporary art (previously held by David Hockney) by selling for $91 Million in Christie’s Post War and Contemporary sale.
Bunnies By World Renowned Artists:
Albrecht Durer, german engraver and painter 1471—1528:
John James Audubon (1785 -1851):
Henri Rousseau (1844-1910):
Barry Flanagan (1941-2009):
Andy Warhol (1928-1987):
Wayne Thiebaud (1920-2021):
Jeff Koons (1955 – ):
Bunnies by contemporary artists, sculptors, illustrators and designers from all over the world:
Bunnies in Classic Literature:
The Velveteen Rabbit
The White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland
Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit (click the link for a online flip book version)
Rabbit from A.A. Milne’s Pooh books
and, of course, Pat The Bunny
Bunnies in Movies:
Brer Rabbit From Disney’s Song of The South
Thumper from Disney’s Bambi
Harvey (The Jimmy Stewart classic)
Bunnies as brand icons:
General Mills Trix Bunny
The Playboy Bunny
The Nestle’s Quick Bunny, aka the Nesquik Bunny, aka Quicky
Blue Bunny Brand
The Volkswagon Rabbit logo
Blink 182’s Rabbit
Miffy, the dutch bunny (books and branded items)
Warner Brothers’ Bugs Bunny
Jim Benton’s Happy Bunny
The Energizer Bunny
And the world’s most fashionable rabbit, Fifi Lapin
And now for some
BIG Ol’ BUNNIES (or Rabbit Record Holders):
And these have all been snopes, hoax-slayer and urban legends verified. They are not photo-shopped or retouched.
Amy, the record holder as of 2008:
The 2006 record holder, Herr Rabbit, 22 pounds: