- Barry Flanagan
- The Hare Leaping
- signé du monogramme
- bronze et bois (socle conçu et réalisé par l'artiste)
- 70 x 105 x 25 cm ; 27 9/16 x 41 5/16 x 9 7/8 in.
- Exécutée en 1979, cette oeuvre est unique. Cette oeuvre est le tout premier lièvre en bronze de l'artiste.
Gibellina, Museo Civico D'Arte Contemporanea Di Gibellina, Tema Celeste, 22 Janvier 1983 - 30 Mars 1983; catalogue, p.44, illustré
Paris, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Barry Flanagan, 16 mars - 9 mai 1983; catalogue, p.52, illustré
Helsinki, The Art Museum of the Atheneum, ARS 83, 14 octobre 1983 - 15 janvier 1984; catalogue, p.110, no.49, illustré
Jouy-en-Josas, Fondation Cartier, Sculptures, 6 octobre 1985 - 5 janvier 1986
Newcastle upon Tyne, Laing Art Gallery; Belgrade, Museum of Modern Art; Zagreb, City Gallery and Gallery of Naïve Art; Ljubljana, Museum of Modern Art, Barry Flanagan - A Visual Invitation: Sculpture 1967-1987, 1987 - 1988; catalogue, p.119, illustré et illustré en couverture
Valréas, Château de Simiane, Barry Flanagan, 1 juillet - 1 septembre 1998
Grenoble, Musée de Grenoble, L’Art au futur antérieur, 2004; catalogue, p.77 illustré
C. Francblin, Barry Flanagan, La sculpture en état d’apesanteur, Art Press n°68, 1989, p.20
Isabelle Lemaitre, Furtivement, Barry Flanagan, Arte Factum, avril - mai 1989, p.21
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Leaping Hare is Flanagan’s first work (bronze) to represent a hare: an animal that will become a recurring motif in his work from this moment. If it is an historical work, Leaping Hare also stands apart from the rest of the later works by its uniqueness. Highlighted by Flanagan himself, the Leaping Hare’s original character can be felt in its very material: under the bronze skin, as in another edited cast, the movement’s vigour and the animal’s vivacity in action rises up under the pressure of the artist’s palm and the agile modelling of his fingers. The nobility of this hand-crafted technique that coincides with the beginning of his sculpted work at the end of the 1970s, is confirmed in the wooden base conceived of and made by Flanagan himself. The contrast of materials (the brown patina bronze and the pale wood) and their treatment (the modelling of the wood and the geometric polish of the wood) add to the Leaping Hare’s originality. The vision, the interpretations and the eventual symbolism are more variable: between the hare associated with the moon (and with Osiris) in Egyptian mythology hovering over a pyramid pedestal and the cottontail rabbit leaping over the fenced pen, Leaping Hare invents a space of freedom and fantasy where Flanagan excels in erecting his works.