1. Courbet loved nature, and painted both animal scenes and landscapes.
Gustave Courbet, Château d’Ornans, 1855, oil on canvas, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, The John R. Van Derlip Fund and the William Hood Dunwoody Fund
2. The thrill of the hunt has been a popular art subject for centuries. This seventeenth-century tapestry shows hunters and their dogs chasing a wild hare.
Unidentified designers and cartoonists, Hunting the Hare, c. 1650, wool, silk; tapestry weave, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, The William Hood Dunwoody Fund
3. Deer have been the subject of art for various reasons. According to the Taoist philosophy, a deer is an auspicious symbol.
China, Sung dynasty, Pillow, tz’u-chou ware, stoneware with painted decoration on white slip under a clear glaze, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, gift of Eskenazi Ltd., London, in honor of Ruth and Bruce Dayton