The many faces of man's best friend - George Andrew Caraballo

This gallery is a collection of pieces that depict man's best friend - dog. Mediums that are represented within the gallery include oil paint on hardboard and canvas, light color on paper and etching on paper. The gallery is made up of pieces from the 1400s all the way up on until the more recent past, 2010. The large time span is evidence that man has regarded the dog as an important part of life throughout history. The human perspective of the dog is represented differently through the works of each artist through their unique styles and use of texture, contrast and emphasis.

Sivko was painted by Zeljko Korosec in 2010 with oil paints. This painting of a dog howling at the moon leaves a feeling of primal instincts. To me, it suggests that humans believe that dogs are wild beings who are one with nature. Korosec went back to basics with use of vignette and brush strokes.
Mother dog was painted in the early 16th century by an artist named Yi Am. The painting is very simple in nature. It uses clean lines and minimal amount of color. The painting reveals a nurturing side of the dog. It depicts a mother dog raising her puppies. The painting creates a commonality between dogs and humans - maternal instinct.
Swan Attacked by a Dog was painted in oil in 1745 by Jean-Baptiste Oudry. His oil paints create a delicate painting with smooth, blended brush strokes. The artist paints a bland background to draw emphasis to the dog and the swan. He creates motion with the destroyed pieces of a plant on the floor, the stance of the dog and with the wingspan of the swan. In this painting, the dog is not portrayed to be a delicate and cuddly creature. He is pictured as ferocious and wild. In a sense, every dog still has the ability to defend himself of hunt prey within him and I think that this painting represents that.
Portrait of and Extraordinary Musical Dog was painted by Phillip Reinagle in 1805 using oil paints. He creates a realistic picture by using different textures such as wood grain and the silkiness of fur. He uses earth tones in the portrait. The point of focus of the painting, for me, is the dog's face. The dog looks straight at the viewer while he sits and plays the piano. There is a sense of personification in this painting where the artist creates a very human picture of the dog. It suggests that dogs are thought of as capable, respectable and talented.
Young Man with Sword, Cane and Dog was etched in 1784 by Daniel Nikolaus chodowiecki. As the medium would suggest, the piece is made up of lines that create movement and lacks abundant use of color. In the piece, the dog takes on the same manner as his owner as they both stroll along. The title suggests that dogs are thought of as companions. The man walks with a sword for protection, a cane for support and his dog for companionship.
The medium used to portray Guilherme de Almeida with his dog Minnie is not explicitly stated in Google Galleries but I suppose it to be a photograph or a very realistic portrait. The piece is in black and white. This picture captures a very real expression of admiration and camaraderie on Guilherme's face as he gazes at his beloved dog. From this painting, one can gather that dogs mean a lot to their human owners.
Nude Woman with a Dog was painted in the 1800s by Gustave Courbet. The artist uses dramatic contrast that is set by the subject's pale skin, the dog's white coat and the darker background. The focal point is set upon the woman and the dog by the use of this contrast. This painting creates a feeling of comfort. To me, it seems that the woman is completely comfortable with her dog and knows that it will love her in all her forms. The woman knows that her dog is familiar with her soul and that is why she can be bare but still be comfortable around her dog.
Nymph Holding a Large Dog by a Collar was etched in the 1600s by Stefano Della Bella. It depicts a woman or, by the title, a Nymph, drawing back a determined dog by its collar. The artists creates motion with the posture of the dog and the flowing of the Nymph's dress. The etching, to me, represents a notion that although dogs have wild, determined instincts, by domesticating them, we have taken control of their behavior.
Sleeping Old Man with Dog was etched in 1759 by Francesco Londonio. It is a detailed etching that uses discontinuous lines to shade and highlight. The piece depicts a man sleeping in the sitting position with a dog by his feet. In my opinion, This piece represents man's reliance on his dog in hard times. It represents the loyal nature of a dog who will stick around during the toughest of times. The old man seems to be down on his luck because of his bare feet, tattered pants, sleeping location and cane but the dog still sits by his feet.
Two Children with a Dog was painted by Daniel Gardner in 1750 in oil. The painter creates realistic textures of turf, skin, hair, fabric and fur. Movement is created with the ruffles of fabric in the child's clothing. This picture could represent the tender and trustworthy nature of a dog. The small children touch the dog without worry and with great affection.
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