THE ART OF ANIMALS—BEST FRIENDS & COMPANIONS TO THE WILDLIFE REALM
Art Circle returns with the always popular theme of animals in art: whether domestic pets (our best friends and companions) or the diverse species of the wildlife realm. Among the featured artists are Brit Sir Edwin Henry Landseer (1802-1873); American Winslow Homer (1836-1910); Austrian Carl Kahler (1856-1906); French painter Theodore Gericault (1791-1824); German Hans Hoffmann (1530-1591/92); Dutch icon Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890); Japanese masters Ito Jakuchu (1716-1800) and Kansetsu Hashimoto (1883-1945); as well as French Impressionist Edgar Degas (1834-1917).
You think those dogs will not be in heaven! I tell you they will be there before any of us.
Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)
Obviously the chain is not connected to these lovely pets. Maybe the symbolism is referring to US pet lovers! The light illuminates the dog’s faces. Is the “title” also the name of the dogs. They look like great pals and great pets. The artist has captured their characters…”Ready for adventures, mistress.” The Robert Louis Stevenson quotation is correct about dogs in heaven! Anyway if they don’t get into heaven, I won’t either!
Until one has loved an animal, part of one’s soul remains unawakened.
Anatole France (1844-1924)
A delicate deer is drinking from the watering hole. Look at the dappled colors, reflections and shadows. But…how ever does the deer get astride that log to drink?
There are two means of refuge from the misery of life—music and cats.
Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965)
The delightful painting with the sarcastic but funny title makes me smile. It’s a marvelous rendition of multiple felines engaged in their CATTY pastimes. Is that a butterfly they are watching? Oh my! Methinks for the number of cats the artist must believe he is low on the priority list. However, he does capture all those cats and painted the drapery so skillfully. I wonder how long it took him to complete this work! The quotation….drum roll please for Albert. Great affection for cats and love of MUSIC. Yes!
The horse is an archetypal symbol which will always find ways to stir up deep and moving ancestral memories in every human being.
Paul Mellon (1907-1999)
I am so impressed by the artist’s craft in this painting. This is a close-up of a very beautiful and strong animal. The artist painted the light to help define the horse’s handsome features…strong and noble animal! Loved the Paul Mellon quotation.
Rabbits are like human beings in many ways….It is rather a blessedly circumscribed imagination and an intuitive feeling that Life is Now. A foraging wild creature, intent above all upon survival, is as strong as the grass.
Richard Adams (1920-2016)
This bunny is placidly enjoying his dinner deep in the woods. The artist lights up the rabbit’s habitat of plants, insects, lizards, etc. It make the viewer feel peaceful and wish to join the hare in the forest. The Richard Adams quotation seems so relevant to the present. Life is NOW.
A crustacean with a broad carapace, stalked eyes, and 5 pairs of legs, the first pair modified as pincers. Crabs are abundant on many shores, especially in the tropics, where some have become adapted to life on land.
There’s the Green, Green, Green water surrounding the two crabs. These creatures are depicted by Van Gogh as lonely (and lovely) inhabitants of the water. I think he finds some affinity with them. The quotation is apt.
I shall always remember how the peacocks’ tails shimmered when the moon rose above the tall trees…
Herman Hesse (1877-1962)
I love the strong diagonal of the peacock and the lovely tail spread out in a haughty display and then the spotlight on the pine and flowers which balance the bird. The bird is perched on one foot and gracefully “calling” (I am NOT a fan of their cries which always sound like a fit of mayhem to me) but what gorgeous colors are there. The Herman Hesse quotation is beautiful and descriptive.
Monkeys are superior to men in this: when a monkey looks into a mirror, he sees a monkey.
Malcolm de Chazal (1902-1981)
Do all old monkeys look wise or cunning? Or, is this monkey particularly wise and cunning? He seems to be observing and contemplating what action to take. I love the strong diagonal and that the lovely animal holds firmly to the branch for balance. Seems a very natural pose. Wow! Great quote is very fitting.
A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.
Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915)
These are beautiful animals and they are paired as friends. I love the skill shown in these forms. But there’s an emotional connection between both dog and horse. I sense the artist loved them. I enjoy the warm light and rich colors of hay and stables. The Hubbard quotation—Amen to that!