Dogs in Art

On my recent trip to the MFA in Boston, MA I again noticed the central aspect of dogs. Such as on ladies laps, a sign of love and affection, hunting dogs, loyal dogs by their masters and dog as the focal point such as the master piece by Gerrit Dou “Dog at Rest” 1650.

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The dog has appeared in paintings as far back as 4500 BC when canines appeared on cave walls. As the dog’s relationship with the human evolved, so did the way he is represented in art. In the 18th century, dog portraits became popular amongst the wealthy British.

Spanish painter, Diego Velasquez (1599-1660) painted the dog in the company of children. In this image “Maids of Honor”, we see a large dog in the foreground tolerating an ornery child.

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In 1866 artist Edouard Manet created “A King Charles Spaniel”

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Another famous artist Pablo Picasso created a pastel and gouache on cardboard called “Boy With Dog” 1905

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And one of my childhood favorites is Norman Rockwell (1894-1978). He frequently used puppies ans dogs in his paintings, some as the main subject, and some as the sidekick, or partner in crime as in “No Swimming”

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What era would you dog fit into? Do you have your dog in a piece of Art?

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Author: Kimberly Sarah Photography

Owner / Photographer Kimberly Sarah Photography.

2 thoughts on “Dogs in Art”

  1. Love this article, very informative. Thank you Kim. Because of your great artistic talent to photograph dogs we now have these wonderful images of our pets in our homes.

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