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reindeer, une renne

Gwenn Seemel
Rudolpha (Reindeer)
2012
acrylic on panel
10 x 10 inches

As with the painting shown here, it was important to evoke a snowy landscape in this piece and in this one. To learn more about the making of Rudolpha, watch this vlog. Below is the text from the book Crime Against Nature that goes with this image—the book can be read and purchased here.

This can be confusing, but it’s important to remember that girls and boys don’t have to look different from each other.

In most species of deer, only the male grows antlers, but among reindeer both sexes sport these bony structures on their heads. Starting in middle or late spring, all reindeer grow the new year’s set of antlers, but males lose theirs by the end of November. Meanwhile, females retain their antlers for an additional seven months, meaning that the famous red-nosed reindeer cannot be male.