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The Leap of the Rabbit

Painting of blue rabbit mid-jump amongst plants and flowers.

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  • Painting of blue rabbit mid-jump amongst plants and flowers.




Amadeo de Souza Cardoso
Portuguese, 1887–1918

About this artwork

With its dynamic composition, lush color, and energetic forms, The Leap of the Rabbit exemplifies the unique style Portuguese artist Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso developed while working in Paris from 1906 to 1914. Souza-Cardoso drew on an eclectic mix of sources he encountered in the French capital, including Art Nouveau, the work of Paul Cézanne, and exotic costume designs of Léon Bakst for the Ballets Russes, as well as the native Iberian tilework of his homeland. The Leap of the Rabbit was included in the groundbreaking 1913 International Exposition of Modern Art (better known as the Armory Show), the first major exhibition introducting American audiences to European avant-garde art, where it was purchased by the Chicago collector Arthur Jermone Eddy.


On View, Gallery 391


Modern Art


Amadeo de Souza Cardoso


The Leap of the Rabbit


Portugal (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on canvas


Signed, l.l.: A. de Souza Cardoso/1911


49.9 × 60.8 cm (19 5/8 × 23 15/16 in.)

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Arthur Jerome Eddy Memorial Collection

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