Arts Everyday Living: Man’s (& Woman’s) Best Friend, Portrait of A Special Dog

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If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.

Will Rogers

Rosa Bonheur

Rosa Bonheur, Brizo, A Shepherd’s Dog, 1864, oil on canvas, Wallace Collection, London, UK

Brizo is a female Otterhound, named after an ancient Greek goddess (according to the Wallace Collection where the painting is located).

Rosa Bonheur (1822-1899), the creator of A Shepherd’s Dog, specialized in animal subjects. Her works were beloved by the public in her native France and other countries.  Taught by her artist father as a child, she was often considered one of the pioneering women painters in the nineteenth century.

Will Rogers (1879-1935) was a national figure in the United States in the 1920s and 1930s, popular as a humorist, writer, and actor.  Born in Oklahoma of Cherokee heritage, Rogers earned his living first as a cowboy; he later gained fame performing in vaudeville and on stage, then in silent as well as talking movies.

The above image is used solely for educational purposes.


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