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Suddenly a White Rabbit

by Madeline Carol Matz

Surrealism Art Gallery


Art: Suddenly a White Rabbit by Artist Madeline  Carol Matz
" Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, `and what is the use of a book,' thought Alice `without pictures or conversation?'
So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran close by her."

from "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
Lewis Carroll

In 2004, I painted quite a few little girls and quite a few rabbits so it seemed fitting to end the year with the classic girl/rabbit pairing, Alice and the White Rabbit. In doing my version of Alice scenes the challenge was to shrug off the influences of Tenniel and Disney and approach the subject matter with fresh eyes. I have chosen to update the portrayal to pre-World War II instead of Victorian times. I also imagined the White Rabbit more completely anthropomorphized with human legs rather than a rabbit body.


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