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Three Famous Dogs By American Modern Artists

livinginthespotlight1Dogs are so well-loved that they have made it to paintings, sculpture, photography, film and other forms of modern art. And no creature is more deserving of the honor than dogs. Canines are the most loyal specie in the animal kingdom. That’s why artists from all over the world honor them through art work. Here are some of the famous works of art that depict the well-loved dog.

1. Blue Dog by George Rodrigue (March 13, 1944 – December 14, 2013)

The Blue Dog series made Rodrigue famous. They were modeled after the artist’s dead dog Tiffany and based on the Cajun legend loup-garou. The Blue Dog was used by Absolut Vodka in 1992, making the painter an Absolut Vodka artist. According to Rodrigue, people say the dog talks to them in different ways.

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2. Boy and Girl Gazing at the Moon by Norman Rockwell (February 3, 1894 – November 8, 1978)

This painting is also referred to as “Puppy Love.” For more than forty years, Rockwell did cover illustrations for The Saturday Evening Post. Boy and Girl Gazing at the Moon appeared on its April 24, 1926 cover. The original is an oil painting on canvas owned by a private collector.

The boy in his infatuation seems to have forgotten his dog, judging by its forlorn look. Or the sadness could be a symptom of illness. Dogs can get allergies, too, such as from certain foods or pollen from the flower the girl is holding. To take good care of your dog, give it the best dog foods for allergies and keep it away from environmental allergens.

3. Portrait of Maurice by Andy Warhol (1928 – 1987)

Maurice was the dachshund of Gabrielle Keiller, ace golfer, socialite and art collector. In 1976, she commissioned Warhol to make this painting, working from Polaroids of the dog. Portrait of Maurice is the first of Warhol’s paintings to enter then Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, when Keiller bequeathed her art collection to this gallery upon her death.

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