Laura Muntz Lyall (Canadian 1860-1930)
Children Feeding the Rabbits
oil on canvas, signed lower right "Laura Muntz"
Private Collection, Oakville Ontario "Feeding the Rabbits" exhibited at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto in 1900 (no. 154), and again in 1901 (no. 107)
Joan Murray, Laura Muntz Lyall: Impressions of Women and Childhood, McGill-Queen's University Press, Montreal and Kingston, 2012, pages 145, 146
In the summer of 1894 and 1898, Laura Muntz visited rural Holland. She travelled there again in the late summer of 1899. It was a particularly happy time for her and her paintings seem to reflect this. In her 2012 biography of the artist, Joan Murray notes Muntz's Dutch subjects "were striking and made good materials for painting, particularly for works to be exhibited in the Salon". Murray further notes that there is something quite special about the composition from this period that makes the viewer feel part of an intimate moment. The positioning of the young girl and young boy near the rabbit hutches leaves just enough space for the viewer to be incorporated into their experience. The almost life size scale of the work further enhances the sense of this experience.
Size: 47 ¾ x 33 ¼ in (with frame 57 x 42 ½ in)