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1777
oil on canvas
93,2 83

The animal painter Johann Groot was a teacher and the Academy of Arts and painted several dozen pictures of all kinds and sorts of birds and animals. They were mostly intended to hand as interior decorations in park pavilions. The German artist, brought up to paint in the style of rococo, was not a bad exponent of the rules of creating an elegant, eye-catching, decorative composition. The artist was not so interested in the subject matter itself, or the meaning of the composition as he was in accurately reproducing the anatomy of the animals and the elegance and grace with which the cat is pouncing in one movement on the hare. Significantly, he paints the soft, silky fur of the cat with its smoky grey and dark stripes and the white and light brown markings of the dead hare with almost tangible detail