Arts Everyday Living: Best Friends and Companions in Art—Elegant Women & Their Pets

John White Alexander, Woman with a Cat (Green Dress), c. 1896, oil, Unknown Collection

 

Portraiture was experiencing a “renaissance” during  the late 19th century and early 20th century.  Two artists who contributed to this art tradition were British painter George Spencer Watson (1869-1934) and his American contemporary John White Alexander (1856-1915), who often emphasized the elegance and grace of their subjects. Yet, are you more inclined to notice their furry companions?

 

George Spencer Watson, Hilda and Maggie, 1911, oil on canvas, Tate, London, UK

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