April 09, 2007

dogs in art

As you would expect, the Milwaukee Art Museum has an impressive collection of 19th-century German art (not my period, but they also have some German expressionists). What I didn't know was how many of these "genre paintings" involved dogs. It seems that there is no Gemütlichkeit without a dog.

The Card Players, by Eduard Gruetzner

The Friendly Game, by Franz von Defregger


St. Nicholas Day, by Ferdinand Waldmueller


Far from Home, by Ernst Bosch

However, the most striking dog painting is not by a German painter.

Edwin Landseer, "Portrait of a Terrier"

And he doesn't look very gemütlich either.

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