Robert Gillmor (b. 1936), The Running of the Hare, 1992, colour linocut on paper

Robert Gillmor (b. 1936), The Running of the Hare, 1992, colour linocut on paper, The University of Reading Art Collection [UAC/10305]

Gillmor describes this print, which superimposes two images of a hare in extreme attitudes as it runs across a field, as the result of “doodling” or “chasing an idea around on a pad of cheap paper until it begins to come under control”. The idea here is to convey the movement of the hare, with the bottom coloured image showing it stretched out as it flies forward, and the top image, seen only in outline, showing its feet tucked beneath it, primed to kick-off once more.

The print is part of a pair, with a second entitled Leaper’s Leap, and belongs to larger number of Gillmor’s prints featuring hares drawn from sketches made on the Norfolk nature reserve and in local fields.

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