Arts Everyday Living: Toulouse Lautrec, For the Love of a Dog


Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, Lady with a Dog, 1891, oil on cardboard, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

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 Edith Wharton (1862-1937) recreated the world of American upper class society both in New York and abroad in The Age of Innocence, The House of Mirth, and The Buccaneers plus numerous other writings.

I was not able to find the source of Edith Wharton’s quote, but like Lady with a Dog above, her beloved pets were not just at her feet.

Edith Wharton with her dogs

Edith Wharton with her Dogs, taken by E.F. Copper, 1889-1890, Newport, Rhode Island*

*Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.  In U.S. public domain because published before 1923.

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