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Dogs in art: the fine art of lounging about

Picasso once said that “art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” November so far has left me feeling pretty dusty. With political disagreements dominating social media, and fewer daylight hours, I am craving some comfort and coziness. So, in that spirit, I bring you . . . paintings and drawings of dogs being comfy.

Here are some lounging pooches drawn in chalk pastel by British artist Cecil Aldin (1870-1935). Aldin has captured great expression in the faces and in the body language:

This oil painting by British artist Vanessa Bell (British, 1879–1961) is an endearing portrait of 1961Virginia Woolf's spaniel, Pinker. I love the loose brushwork and even though there isn’t much detail, the painting is convincing and I can feel the weight of the dog’s head pressing down on the floor.

In this painting by American impressionist Mary Cassatt, entitled Little Girl in a Blue Armchair (1878), we see domestic scene in which the little girl’s posture and the strangeness of the room make it difficult to tell whether she is bored, restless, or just daydreaming. Her dog, however, is clearly enjoying the upholstery:

But who needs upholstery? Lucien Freud’s whippets lounge on their people:

 That’s all for today. It’s time for a nap.

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