This painting depicts many animals running through a green and blue landscape devoid of hunters. The animals are not running from a visible threat but appear frenzied regardless, running toward and away from each other. The painting is a new rendition of Paolo Uccello’s artwork The Hunt in the Forest from the 1460s.
Emma Pryde transforms compositions from late Gothic or early Renaissance Italian paintings to create works that feature new allegories and mythologies. The artist employs a limited color palette alongside traditional techniques. Pryde's emotionally resonant paintings depict scenes that simultaneously explore aspects of innocence, childhood and femininity with corruption, spoiling and desolation—asking viewers to question the supposed tension between these traditionally opposing influences.
Emma Pryde’s paintings create new allegories and mythologies by transforming late Gothic and early Renaissance Italian artworks. Employing a limited color palette along with traditional techniques, the artist heightens the emotions implicit in the subject of the historical compositions she borrows from. Pryde’s work explores innocence, childhood and femininity, as well as corruption, spoiling and desolation—forcing viewers to reconcile these opposing tensions in each scene she paints.