The works of Japanese artist Takahashi Shotei (1871-1945) appealed both to his countryman and Western audiences, apparent in the unforgettable rendition of White Cat above.
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British 18th century artist Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788) was esteemed for his portraiture and particularly popular with the aristocracy. However, he was equally skillful in his depictions of pets like the engaging Spitz Dog above.
Every dog is a lion at home.* Henry George Bohn The work of Italian Florentine artist Agnolo Bronzino (1503-1572) is distinguished by the Mannerist style, that emphasized elongation of the features of his often aristocratic sitters. British publisher Henry George Bohn (1792-1884) was instrumental in popularizing studies in variety of subjects, from history to science […]
Dogs are better than human beings because they know but do not tell. Emily Dickinson, Letter to Thomas Wentworth Higginson Have you heard of Dutch nineteenth century portrait painter Therese Schwartze (1851-1918)? I just discovered this striking work in the Rijksmuseum, the Netherland’s beloved museum. The poetry of New Englander Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) endures, ensuring […]
My little dog—a heartbeat at my feet. Edith Wharton French Post-Impressioist Henri Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) had a sympathy, even an empathy for animals, portraying them often during his lifetime, beginning as a teenager on the family estate in the country through his years in Paris at the peak of his artistic career. Pulitzer Prize winning author […]
LET SLEEPING CATS LIE A MOUSE NEAR THE HOUSE Cats are the connoisseurs of comfort.* James Herriot Cornelis Visscher (1619/1629-1662) was an artist and engraver creating during the Dutch Golden Age of art. James Alfred Wright (1916-1995), known by his pen name of James Herriot, authored All Creatures Great and Small based on his experiences […]
Click on the work of art to enlarge or enhance it. PENETRATING THE MYSTERY OF NATURE THROUGH THE EYES OF A HORSE Is there any more mysterious idea for an artist than the conception of how nature is mirrored in the eyes of an animal? How does the horse see the […]
Click on the work of art to enlarge or enhance it. WAITING FOR ROMANCE? PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG LADY IN PINK A lover tries to stand in well with the pet dog of the house. Attributed to Moliere French Symbolist painter Edmond Aman-Jean (1858-1936) was admired for his often captivating portrayals of […]
Click on the work of art to enlarge or enhance it. GEORGE STUBBS, MASTER ARTIST OF THE HORSE PURITY & PERFECTION A lovely horse is always an experience—it is an emotional experience of the kind that is spoiled by words. Beryl Markham* British artist George Stubbs (1724-1806) is recognized as one of the […]
Click on the work of art to enlarge or enhance it. THROUGH AN ARTIST’S COMPASSIONATE EYE A PRICELESS PET Not Carnegie, Vanderbilt, and Astor together could buy a quarter share in my little dog. Ernest Thompson Seton* French artist Rosa Bonheur (1822-1899) was s ground-breaking woman painter (receiving the Legion of […]