A Man’s Best Friend and Muse, 20 Dog Portraits
Today marks the national holiday that celebrates the beauty of dogs. When I was 8, my mom bought me my first beloved stuffed toy dog, Muffin, which I still sleep with. Little did she know, this would spark my lifelong passionate love affair with dogs. What is this mysterious human fascination …
Today marks the national holiday that celebrates the beauty of dogs. When I was 8, my mom bought me my first beloved stuffed toy dog, Muffin, which I still sleep with. Little did she know, this would spark my lifelong passionate love affair with dogs. What is this mysterious human fascination with dogs? In an article on Telegraph written by Sarah Knapton, scientific research suggests that humans actually adore their dogs as much as their children, and dogs feel the same way about their owners.
Dogs have been a source of inspiration for artists, illustrators, and designers as early as ca. 1390–1353 B.C. Angus Hyland, Pentagram partner and author of “The Book of the Dog” stated in an interview with It’s Nice That, “I wonder if maybe so many creative people are into dogs possibly because they are often not very good with people… In art and in life we project our ambitions, triumphs and anxieties on dogs; and yet they still come back for more.” Perhaps the complexity of life is stressful enough that creative people cling onto any source of happiness and companionship. Have you interacted with a puppy before? I am convinced that that’s what tangible joy looks like.
At this point, my friends, relatives, and even strangers are aware of my obsession. Here are 20 diverse works of art inspired by dogs to help celebrate national pup day.
1. “Mechanical Dog” (ca. 1390–1353 B.C.)
2. “Five Hounds in a Landscape“ by George Stubbs
3. “Ritz e Cildo” by Ana Elisa Egreja
4. “Musette, a Maltese dog” by Jean-Baptiste Gille
5. “Interior with a Dog (The Magnolia Branch)” by Henri Matisse
6. “Boodgie and Stanley” by David Hockney
7. “Ralf” by Jean Jullien
8. “Untitled (Dancing Dogs)” by Keith Haring
9. “Funny Valentine” by Heather LaHaise
10. “Let Sleeping Dogs Lie” by Roy De Forest
11. “Dogs and Weird Things” by Presenting Wurstbande
12. “Orange Dog” by Patricia Derks
13. “Dogs on LSD“ by Wayne White
14. “Puppy” by Jeff Koons
15. “American Heroes” by Ron Burns
16. “Beloved Dog” by Maira Kalman
17. “Roller Rover” by William Wegman
18. “Archie” by Andy Warhol
19. “Dog” byJohn Singer Sargent
20. “Dog Illustration” by Gemma Correll
Now, go out into the world and create some artwork inspired by dogs, volunteer at a shelter, or perhaps even adopt one.
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