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I believe this is the same dog we saw in this earlier post on Carl Larsson's At Home series. This time he decides to have a siesta inside in a Cosy Corner (1894, from the same series). Whenever I look at Larsson's work, with its serene and cheerful palette and execution, I recall that he grew up in a struggling, bitterly poor family. Then I appreciate all the more not only the beauty of his work, but the power and innovation of his life. It takes a certain well tested interior compass to offer us a sleeping dog as part of the necessity of his art. A sweet, safe room for a nap: true success.