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Sunday, November 14, 2010

portrait of a little dog

public domain, thanks again wikimedia commons
"Portrait of a Maltese dog, oil on canvas, 40 x 31.5 cm. 19th c. Anonymous British painter." I have to admit I do not find this a completely well-executed work: though the brushwork and handling is competent, the background is an unpleasant rusty color and little is provided in the way of personalizing this fellow. Plus his nose is so shiny. Have you ever seen that shiny a nose on a dog?
I wonder if this isn't a work meant not so much for a fond owner, but for some kind of catalog, perhaps a breeder. Yet there's the funny salmon-colored pompom collar, which is unusual - well, maybe this was a private "snapshot." It was the pompoms that sold me on choosing him today, anyway.


Katnip Lounge said...

There's something there...he's a cutie!

parlance said...

The ears are especially cute.