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  • The Lady with the Dog

    By November 20, 2018

    The Lady with The Dog is the title I borrowed from Chekhov’s short story. It is a story of an affair, yet in art the dog quite often has been a symbol of fidelity. As you will also...

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    ‘I’m sick of Portraits’ – Gainsborough and his dogs’ portraits

    By October 13, 2018

    Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788) was a portrait and landscape painter. During his career, he often painted dogs accompanying his sitters. Always making sure that the dogs are not only a prop, but they also ooze personality. It is a...

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    Every Dog Has Its Day…

    By October 4, 2018

    No one will ever be as happy to see you coming back home as your dog. As they are always with us they do deserve their place in art. And they certainly have it, not only as companions...

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    Tsuguharu Foujita: The Cat Master

    By July 27, 2018

    There are many artists who can be called cat-lovers but only one can be called the master of cats. Léonard Tsuguharu Foujita was a Japanese–French painter and printmaker born in Tokyo, Japan, who applied Japanese ink techniques to Western-style...

  • Why Was Matisse Obsessed With Goldfish?

    By June 29, 2018

    Goldfish here, goldfish there, in a bowl, in a tank, on a table, by the window, goldfish everywhere. Having been looking at Matisse’s work recently, I realized there was a period in which Matisse was obsessed with goldfish....

  • The Rosa Bonheur’s Magnificent Lions And The Portrait Of Wildlife

    By June 27, 2018

    Painting animals is part of a tradition dating back to the 17th century when animal-specialized painters began contributing to portraits, landscapes, or history paintings of other artists. Whether to compose a Natural History book or a shadow of...

  • Meet Beautiful Cats by Charles Frederick Tunnicliffe

    By April 24, 2018

    Charles Frederick Tunnicliffe, the British engraver, illustrator, and painter perhaps best known for his paintings of birds, painted many other animals besides including monkeys, dogs, bulls and indeed humans! My favorite Tunnicliffe paintings though are his depictions of...

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