Women and Their Dogs

Dogs in historical accounts are most often associated with hunting or working.  This collection of paintings and drawing of women and dogs that the relationship that women had with their dogs was one of beloved companionship, even when at work, although it would seem that "work" often meant being a companion. In earlier works, the dog is encompassed in the woman's embrace or the curve of her arm, gazing out of the frame while the woman's gaze is oriented to the viewer in the more format portraits. As the works become more active, the dog is more often gazing at the woman. As the women in the works are rendered in more active poses, the dog seems to mirror the inner emotions of the woman until, in the last 21st century work, the girl and the dog challenge the viewer as a team. 

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