Two panels, oil on canvas

400 x 400 cm (157 1/2 x 157 1/2 in.)

Dense thickets of brambles intertwine in a nocturnal landscape dotted with bright, acidic colours. A large hare is trapped behind the thicket.

Zeng Fanzhi's monumental Hare is based on the work of Albrecht Dürer, whose animal he replicates, as well as others. In this context, the hare may symbolise the difficulty of living among the brambles that trap it. The Chinese artist made them by intertwining frenetic, brisk lines using two brushes: the first to make deliberately thoughtful strokes, the second to paint more freely, allowing him to express his feelings.

Zeng Fanzhi's painting Hare was first presented by the Pinault Collection in 2014 at the "Art Lovers" exhibition at the Grimaldi Forum Monaco.