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Thursday, February 21, 2013

quite a lapdog

thanks wikipaintings.org (public domain)
Today I think this is the best little dog ever.
You can tell by the look on her face that "Obolenskaya N.A." (the only title I can find for this portrait) also thinks her pal is delightful.  This work is by the Russian Romantic artist Vasily Tropinin, who painted over 3000 portraits in his long lifetime. By the time this pair sat to him in 1833 he knew just what his clients wanted, and was probably still more than happy to provide it.  You see, he was born a serf, the property of a Count in Novgorod, who allowed him to study at the Imperial Academy of the Arts. Tropinin wasn't given his freedom until 1823.  Imagine becoming your own man at age 47 - well, I would think 10 years later you'd still be very happy indeed to do what you do best on your own terms.  And that includes painting a goofy mutt that's all topknot and mustache.


parlance said...

I wonder how the little serf boy showed his 'owner' that he was a gifted artist?

BTW, have you already seen the photo on the internet of the medieval manuscript with inky paw marks where a cat has walked across it?


curator said...

Parlance, I HAVE seen (and loved) it! Two friends sent it to me on Facebook. And as it happens, Tropinin was sent to school to be a confectioner but attended drawing lessons on the sly. He was too gifted for it to stay hidden long.