One of the most famous works of the German artist Albrecht Durer. Despite the fact that the master has many more remarkable works, for example, a deer with prominent horns, or a dead bird with a rainbow plumage. The history of the painting has several versions.
In one of them, one day I was walking, Dürer came across a sick hare who needed urgent care. He took him to his home and went out, which is why the hare so humbly poses in front of the artist, and the window frame is reflected in his eyes. Also, it is safe to say that the watercolor was painted in the summer, because the winter fur of the roe has a shade much lighter than that shown in the picture.
It is believed that Dürer painted his hare from nature, since the window binding is depicted correctly, given the bend of the pupil of the animal. Some connoisseurs of art insist on the contrary, that the artist painted his picture from memory, and the reflection of the window cover in the pupil is called only a masterfully executed artistic device. But rightfully this hare will forever remain a work of art of the highest level. It is worth noting how artistically the artist depicted the hair of an animal. As the individual hairs are thinly selected, it is shown that the hair in the neck is wet. The author of the painting unsurpassedly depicted the eyes of his hare, ears, nose, which seemed to sniff at something.
It seems as if it is not just an image, but in front of the viewer there is a living animal, which I want to stroke over its fluffy fur. Dürer was one of the first in German painting to use the technique of watercolor drawing, it was thanks to this that he was able to convey the basic features of the animal's appearance with high accuracy.
The hairs of the wool were worked on top of the watercolor with gouache, which is exactly what allowed the wool to be depicted naturally, because if you look closely, it is impossible to find 2 identical hairs. And whitewash, in turn, creates the effect of a three-dimensional hare body giving its fur a feeling of lightness.