|By Paul Klee (1879-1940) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons|
In "Kinder und Hund" (Children and Dog, watercolor and pen dated 1920) Paul Klee captures a group of little beings by personality. There's the openness and innocence of the round-faced baby at front and center, and to the right two more querulous siblings looking askance at whatever this is Klee's doing. At left, is that an older sister? She seems on the cusp of womanhood, her lips full and eyes wide.
Then dead center top, equal to his humans and full of alert presence:
You can't look away from that face; he's the heart of the group, and you keep circling round and coming back to him. Klee's always good for that. To Klee, the household animals were always complete citizens and family, and I love him for it.