Art meets Easter bunny and the Easter egg

The newest findings of surreal art history and an homage to the Easter egg.

Many years of intensive research have demonstrated the influence of the Easter Bunny on artists like Rene Magritte, Franz Marc, Henri Matisse, Gerhard Richter, Yves Klein and Jackson Pollock. Even with Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Damien Hurst, Piet Mondrian, Wassily Kandinsky and Kasper Johns, art aficionados cannot deny the influence of the Easter bunny. What is also interesting is that not just the Easter bunny but also the Easter egg is presented as a frequently-used motive. Many artists like Pablo Picasso, Paul Gauguin, Keith Haring and Banksy broach the issue of the Easter egg with passion, bravery and openness. Other painters like Edvard Munch, Jean Miró or Vincent van Gogh show their dedication with subtle, hidden indictors. Take a look for yourself.

The New Yorker Keith Haring first attracted public attention through his two works “Radiant baby” and “Radiant rabbit” (see Art meets Easter bunny). His excitement for Easter eggs can be easily recognized in his image “The real thing”:

Keith Haring - The Real Thing

Keith Haring – The Real Thing

Haring took some of the methods of his painting from the graffiti scene and these helped him with his motives. So in the stencil graffiti of Banksy, a British street artist – maybe a street artist collective, Banksy’s identity is a secret – an identical Easter egg to that from Haring can be found. Can that be an accident?

Banksy - I love Easter Bunnies and Easter Eggs

Banksy – I love Easter Bunnies and Easter Eggs

Long before Banksy and Haring, Pablo Picasso showed his attachment to the Easter egg. Only a few art aficionados know that at about the same time as “Girl with a Boat,” so about 1939, he painted a similar motive with an egg. And even though the painting doesn’t have an official name, “Queen with an Egg” would suit:

Picasso - Queen with an Egg

Picasso – Queen with an Egg

Lightly clothed young women in front of a colorful background – the French painter Paul Gauguin painted many pictures in the south Pacific in the end of the 19th century. Gauguin, born in 1848 in Paris, was on the road his whole life. At the beginning of June 1891, he landed in Pape’ete, the capital of Tahiti. According to Professor Lein, Gauguin had not yet found what he was searching for¹. So he didn’t paint what he found actually in front of him, he painted his idea of paradise, amongst others, “Two women and two Easter eggs”:

Gauguin - Two Women and Two Easter Eggs

Gauguin – Two Women and Two Easter Eggs

Did you also notice: the design of Gauguin’s eggs is similar to the ones by Haring and Banksy. We are already excited about the connections that imaginary art research will discover over the coming years. The friendship of Henri Matisse and Jean Miró is certain. Both artists knew and liked each other. Like Matisse, Miró released colors onto surfaces, unlike Matisse, she wanted to set the swarm of figures and symbols into motion. At the beginning of 1960, Miró designed the Triptychon I, II, III, that is almost completely monochome blue and is a bit reminiscent of the paintings of Yves Klein². What is also notable is the fact that both Yves Klein and Henri Matisse painted the Easter bunny (see Art meets Easter Bunny (again)). And then Miró published this work:

Miró - Bleu II - All about Eggs

Miró – Bleu II – All about Eggs

In the next works and artists, the nearness to the Easter bunny is not undisputed. Indeed, there are indicators that at least a mental nearness to the theme existed. The first artist – and he became a world sensation – is Vincent van Gogh. There has already been a lot of research, speculation and publication about van Gogh. He is one of the founders of modern painting. If there were references to Easter, the Easter bunny or Easter eggs in his works, then it would be an epochal breakthrough for imaginary art research. But have a look for yourself and have a look at the centre of both sunflowers – here you will recognize the slight ovality of an Easter egg:

Van Gogh - Sunflowers in Ovality

Van Gogh – Sunflowers in Ovality

The second artist whose work could be seen in a different light in the future is that of Edvard Munch. Munch was a pioneer for expressionist tendency in modern painting. His work “The Scream” is a concept to many people. There are two variants of this work – and to confirm the hopes of fans of the Easter bunny – it was another worldwide sensation. Can it be an accident that Munch painted a second, unrecognized version of the scream where the head is in the form of an egg? Hardly!

Munch - The real Scream

Munch – The real Scream

Following “Art meets Easter Bunny” and “Art meets Easter Bunny (again),” in this post we also gaze at the described content and conceive and distort images in an imaginary art history. The meaning of the Easter egg in art is as certain as the yolk of an egg. Let yourself be convinced of it on a museum visit here in Berlin. Until then, we wish you and your friends and family a lovely, relaxing Easter.

Warmest wishes,

Michael Schenkel



[1] cf. (In German) “1. Juni 1891 – Paul Gauguin beginnt sein Leben in der Südsee”,
[2] Jean Miro on Wikipedia,

Michael Schenkel believes in useful tools, that support users in their work and that provide a common working environment for all types of roles in a project. He became a member of the microTOOL family more than fifteen years ago and took over the position of head of marketing for about half a decade. In October 2017, he moved on to a new adventure and we wish him all the best on this new path.

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