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Dog Art - Part Two


Dog Art is a specialized field of art work. It has become the passion of many collectors and specialized buyers. While modern artists in this field rarely make an impact, earlier works do. The most popular decade is the Victorian period (1850-1925) but work sells for the earlier centuries and into the early 20th century.

Dog art attracts people for a variety of reasons. They are drawn to depictions of canines from the past at work or at play. They search for accurate portrayals of purebred genres in their developmental stages. They look at the ancestors of today’s dogs and admire these old blood lines.

Individual collectors vary in their preferences for either an era or a genre. Generally, you can find them compiling their collection within one of the categories or divisions listed below.

Categories of Dog Art

• Sporting painting. This is depictions of various dogs involved in hunting and other related activity. In fact, this category is subdivided into 2 separate sections: Fox
Hunting and Gun Dogs. The former shows dogs either actively hunting or resting before or after the hunt. The latter category concentrates on dogs at work. These usually depict pointers, setters and spaniels at work. This is where you will find stiff competition to own a piece of art work.

• Among the well-known sporting painters is Percival Leonard Rosseau, an American. His works continue to fetch high prices at auctions. The most famous artist in this genre, however, is John Emms. Respected and popular Gun Dog art work is by Thomas Blinks.

• Genre Scenes. Genre Scene dog art is an anecdotal or narrative piece of art. It usually reveals the behavior of canines. Often the subject is the actions of young dogs or puppies. They may be caught in the act of performing some mischievous deed. The paintings can sometimes be saccharine. There is a cuteness about them that may be too sweet for some collectors.

Genre Scenes are unusual in one respect. They may often contain depictions of mixed breed dogs. In general, if the painting shows pure bred animals, it will sell better. Popular artists who have mastered this particular type of dog art include William Henry Hamilton Trood, Valentine Garland and Austrian Carl Reichert.

• Portraiture. Artists in this genre of dog art depict accurately pure bred dogs.
They paint them standing sideways or at a 3/4 angle. This best displays the conformation of the animal. In such work, a collector looks specifically for accuracy of anatomy. The work is so detailed, you can clearly see the texture of the coat and any facial expression.
Breed portraits often highlight the specific characteristics of that particular breed of dog.

Well-known artists include F. M. Hollans and William Brace. The acknowledged master in this genre is Maud Earl.

• Prints, Etchings, Engravings and Lithographs. This is a mixed collection of a variety of dog art work and artists. It contains small pieces of art and numbered prints.
Popular artists among collectors in this genre embrace Sir Herbert Dicksee, Marguerite Kirmse (famous for her Scotties) and O’Klein.

Dog Art is a fascinating look into the heritage of today’s canine. This style of art work captures the imagination of dog fanciers and collectors alike. While dog art does not have a mass appeal, it has carved its own little niche in both the world of dogs and the world of art.

Information written by Larry Reese of Oh My Dog Supplies, the top ranked spot to buy doggy outfits online.


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