|My eye was drawn to this painting, the first time that I saw it. The trees leaning, as if they have fought a harsh environment throughout their lives, and the green-grey colors give the forest a malevolent appearance, like a forest from some ghastly tale. But, then, we see the two gentle rabbits resting peacefully, in the foreground, and the contrast is even more apparent, in person, because they are actually quite large. Indeed, the little rabbits not only add contrast in their juxtaposition to the inhospitableness of the background, they also add color in the midst of the otherwise bleak colors. All in all, it is a playful, eye-catching, and thoughtful piece, like so many of Xu's works, which number in the hundreds. His paintings have been chosen for display by the Chinese Ministry of Culture, and he has won six national prizes in exhibitions. This painting, measuring 80 cm by 65 cm, will be dismantled and rolled for shipping. Please call or email for further information about acquiring this charming and unusual piece.