Happy Easter! Here are Some Artworks You Can Own for the Occasion

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April 1, 2018

Often described as the happiest Christian holiday, Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus from the tomb on the third day after his crucifixion.

The Easter egg is certainly one of the most familiar symbols of Easter. A symbol with a long pre-Christian history, the egg is known to have represented a new life, fertility and rebirth in many cultures. The symbol is also linked to pagan traditions celebrating the arrival of spring after a cold winter. In Christianity, Easter eggs represent Jesus’ emergence from the tomb and resurrection.

The Easter Bunny is another familiar symbol of the holiday. Although the Bible does not mention a rabbit delivering eggs, it became a prominent symbol, yet the exact reasons for this are unclear. One theory is that the symbol of the rabbit has its roots in the pagan tradition, specifically the festival of Eostre—a goddess of fertility whose animal symbol was a bunny. In addition, known to be prolific procreators, rabbits have also been seen as a symbol of fertility and new life.

In order to celebrate Easter, we bring you some artworks that feature these motifs that you can own right now!

Featured image: Robert Rauschenberg - Chow Bags - Rabbit Chow (detail), 1977.

Gillie and Marc - A Merc is Rabbit and Dog's best friend

Partners in life and art, Gillie and Marc have been working together for almost three decades. Two people working as one and with a single vision, the duo is known for works spreading the message of love and conservation around. Passionate eco-warriors, they have a deep respect for the close spiritual bond between humans and animals.

Although the couple often addresses serious themes, this beautiful sculpture showcases the brighter side of their sensibilities. Carved in bronze, this fun piece features a rabbit and a dog driving a car carefree.

See more about the work here.

Henni Alftan - Rabbit, 2016

Born in Helsinki and based in Paris, the artist Henni Alftan ponders upon the apparition of the image, about its relationship to the thing, the object, the matter and the medium that embodies it. Her gestural works have a certain mannerism, always trying to make each piece a critical image of itself.

Using yellow and brown tones, the artist has depicted a shadow puppet in the form of a rabbit.

See more information about the work here.

Hervé Lewis - Bondage Sexy Rabbit

The French photographer Hervé Lewis is known for making images of the human body in all kinds of imaginative scenes and circumstances. Hervé is a master in the art of a type of photography which is soft and sensual yet steeped in strength. Having a passion for form and structure, he aims to understand how the world works through his practice.

Titled Bondage Sexy Rabbit, this black and white photograph features a beautiful girl dressed as a rabbit in bondage.

See more information about the work here.

Jeff Koons - Balloon Rabbit (Red), 2017

Often described as a king of postmodernism, Jeff Koons is one of the most influential and controversial artists of the post-war era. Placing his art somewhere in between high and low culture, he often plays with kitsch and has managed to transform the notion of an artist to the cult of celebrity in the global market.

A part of his limited edition artworks, the piece Ballon Rabbit (Red) from 2007 references his iconic, monumental sculpture of the same name from his highly acclaimed Celebration Series. Inspired by a twisted rubber balloon rabbit, the original Balloon Rabbit from 2005-2010 is a monumental three-ton sculpture made from mirror polished stainless steel.

See more information about the work here.

Manuele Bernardi - Golden Egg

Working in sculpture and installation art, the French artist Manuèle Bernardi investigates the notions of group, of collective and the place of the individuality within it.  By using plastic, paper, wax, and other materials, she depicts the invisible threads which construct the group and transforms it at the same time.

The installation Golden Egg features a golden egg placed under a ball made of feathers.

See more information about the work here.

Robert Rauschenberg - Chow Bags - Rabbit Chow, 1977

One of the central figures in the development of post-war American art, Robert Rauschenberg had a great impact on the late-20th-century visual culture at large. He believed that the artist’s job is to be a witness to his time in history. And so he did.

The work Chow Bags - Rabbit Chow from 1977 is part of the series Chow Bags that includes another five screen prints, each featuring a different domesticated animal. To create the works, the artists used actual bags of animal feed manufactured by Ralston Purina.

Sharing Purina's distinctive red-and-white checkered pattern and other prominent design elements of the bag, the artist calls attention to the simultaneous familiarity and strangeness of Purina’s graphic identity.

See more information about the work here.

Scott Snyder - Body Pharm Series 3 (Woman, rabbit, pills and needles), 2011

Working in a wide range of media, including painting, drawing, performance and sculpture, Scott Snyder is also a museum curator. This consistent duality within his professional life comingled and influenced his output in each respective field.

The work Body Pharm Series 3 (Woman, rabbit, pills and needles) from 2011 comments on contemporary culture, the art market, medical diagnosis and pharmaceutical marketing.

See more information about the piece here.

All images courtesy their respective galleries.