Famous Artists and Their Painted Dogs

Famous Artists and Their Painted Dogs

Two famous artists and thier dogs

Frida Kahlo

Painter Frida Kahlo’s home, Casa Azul, was filled with exotic pets with creative names — Fulang Chang, a.k.a. Bonito, an Amazon parrot (who would do tricks for butter), Granizo, a fawn, and Gertrudis Caca Blanca, an eagle. She also kept monkeys, parakeets, macaws, hens and sparrows and an Xoloitzcuintle (a Mexican hairless dog) named Mr Xoloti. Of her 143 paintings, 55 are self portraits which feature her beloved pets.

Georgia O’Keeffe

When modernist painter, Georgia O’Keeffe wasn’t painting, she was getting inspiration by taking walks through the rocky desert of New Mexico with her dogs, Bo and Chia (two of six Chow Chow breed pups she’d eventually own). During an interview with The Albuquerque Tribune in 1973, O’Keeffe said, “It seems to be my mission in life to wait on a dog.” While O’Keeffe’s Chow Chows inspired her, she and her dogs, in turn, inspired artist Marisol Escobar to create this sculpture “Portrait of Georgia O’Keeffe.”

Famous Dog Painter story here…

Famous Painter O'Keeffe's Dog

Famous Painter O’Keeffe’s Dog

The dog in the middle of the painting

The dog in the middle of the painting

“I included people on a first come first served basis, but sometimes put them in if they had a particularly interesting story,” Ushenko said. “The dog in the middle of the painting is Max, an ex-police dog who was brought in by his owner for his portrait.”

Asked about memorable encounters during her time in the building, she mentioned the “ebullient lady who started singing gospel songs. There was also one man who posed while I drew his portrait, then a few hours later I saw the police leading him away in handcuffs.”

As she spoke, a group of about six young people paused to inspect what was going on, though they stayed about ten feet away and didn’t say anything. A few minutes later, a smartly-dressed woman came right up to Ushenko and said: “My boyfriend and I pass by on our way to work every day, and I just wanted to say that I love this image, especially on this size canvas. I do some painting on the side, but nothing like this.”

The dog in the middle of the painting …… 

 

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Dogs Playing Poker Painting

Dogs Playing Poker Painting

 

Over 100 years ago those famous dog playing poker paintings were created.  The artist, Cassius Marcellus Coolidge,  in the early 1900’s created 16 different paintings.

 

We laugh at them, disregard them but they seem to have passed the test of time.

 

Dogs are such a big part of our lives and paintings and dog just go together!!

 

 

A friend in need.

A friend in need.

George Bush Dog Painter

George Bush Dog Painter

The former US President has a new title “George Bush Dog Painter”.

 

Bonnie Floor is the Georgia artist who was George Bush’s painting instructor.  She was his teacher for a month in Boca Raton.

 

“He started off painting dogs. I think he said he painted 50 dogs,” Flood said. “He pulled out this canvas and started painting dogs and I thought, ‘Oh my God, I don’t paint dogs!”

 

 

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Blue Dog Paintings

Blue Dog Paintings

Blue Dog Paintings

These paintings are the work of Cajun artist, George Rodrique of New Iberia, Louisiana.  His initial inspiration to paint came from a family get together while surrounded by moss-clad oak trees in French Louisiana.  Moving on to become famous in New York for his Cajun abstract expressionism.

Some of his early works are Tree Oaks and The Aioli Dinner.  Probably his most famous piece is Evangeline, which was from a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow   Rodrique was also a designer for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival with Louis Armstrong, Pete Fountain and Al Hirt featured front and center.

Blue Dog Art

What really created his worldwide stardom was his blue dog painting series.  According to Rodrique, his blue dog art was inspired by his deceased dog, Tiffany and also, the Loup Garou legend.  The Blue Dog became very popular because Xerox and Absolut Vodka used the blue-hued spaniel with white nose and yellow eyes in national ad campaigns.

Heist and Recovery of Two Blue Dog Paintings

 

Update:

Blue Dog artist George Rodrigue has died