Women and Their Dogs


Belgian summer by the sea ladies with their dogs

Lately we’ve been posting a lot of dog related art with a specific focus on portraits & paintings that feature either men or women and their canine friends.

A World Trend

It’s been really interesting to see the wide variety of styles and representations of the love between animal & master. They come from places around the globe (well, mainly the western world) but it’s still a nice variety of artistic types.

Young Woman Playing with a Dog

Young Woman Playing with a Dog – Jean Honore Fragonard

Portrait of the Grand Duchess of Russia, Alexandra Nikolaievna

Portrait of the Grand Duchess of Russia, Alexandra Nikolaievna – Christina Robertson

A Young Girl & Her Dog

A Young Girl & Her Dog – Sir Joshua Reynolds

Portrait of Miss Anna Ward & Her Dog

Portrait of Miss Anna Ward & Her Dog – Sir Joshua Reynolds

Elizabeth Crowell with a Dog

Elizabeth Crowell with a Dog – Thomas Eakins

Young Italian woman with a dog called Puck

Young Italian woman with a dog called Puck – Therese Schwartze

Portrait of Lady Mary Fox

Portrait of Lady Mary Fox – Pompeo Batoni

Mrs Bacon

Mrs Bacon – Anders Zorn

Portrait of Elizabeth Wharton Drexel

Portrait of Elizabeth Wharton Drexel – Giovanni Boldini

Young Lady in a Boat

Painted in softer colors the women and their dogs are often more whimsical and sweet than the stately portraits of dogs with their male counterparts. Interestingly enough we found many more female-dog pair ups than we did those with men.  Kind of makes you wonder who’s best friend dogs really are doesn’t it?

Girl with Greyhound

Girl with Greyhound – Berthe Morisot

Madame Rejane

Madame Rejane – Giovanni Boldini

Sara with her dog in an armchair

Sara with her dog in an armchair – Mary Cassatt

Diana the Huntress

Diana the Huntress – Gaston Casimir Saint-Pierre

Portrait of a Lady

Portrait of a Lady – Jacopo Pontormo

Portrait of Archduchess Maria Christina

Portrait of Archduchess Maria Christina – Johann Zoffany

Maria Teresa von Moser-Ebreichsdorf

Maria Teresa von Moser-Ebreichsdorf – John Quincy Adams

Portrait of Wife

Portrait of Wife – Boris Kustodiev

The images of ladies and their dogs have a much softer palette than many of the manly portraits. It is clear that their animals spent a great deal of time by their mistresses side.  If you like the art there is plenty more of it to come. We’ve got another section of paintings with men with their dogs

via Caninest

4 thoughts on “Women and Their Dogs

  1. What a splendid blog and entry!
    Re dog’s souls and their consequent entries into Heaven. Yes.
    Yes, they have souls. It might be the one thing on which Martin Luther, John Calvin, Ann Landers, and the Roman Catholic Church all agree. In my grief at losing a dear and loving rat terrier companion, I recently purchased a book called “I Will See You in Heaven” by a Friar named Jack Wintz. It sets forth scriptural bases for the belief in some detail, but its general thesis is that God created the earth and all life that is on it with great care. And then he said, “It is good.” W. says “When God says of any creature, human or nonhuman, that it is ‘good,’ it is not simply a matter of moral goodness. The creature also has an inherent goodness and beauty–a beauty that reflects God, who is Beauty itself. Surely the Creator would not suddenly stop loving and caring for the creatures he had put into existence with so much care.” When I was in the fourth grade, a little dog I loved with all my heart was killed when he ran into the street. I asked my mother if he would be in Heaven and she said no. It was the first time I doubted the existence of God. Many years later, a Lutheran pastor disabused me of thinking human beings were “the big IT” and set my mind and heart at ease about that little friend who to this day lives in my heart, as do several more, including my beloved Th. Jno. Jackson, who died in June. We cannot know rationally or empirically much of anything about the First Cause, God. Science and reason deal with second causes. But those of us who believe that Heaven is gained by Faith through Grace, and who have faith that our pets share in God’s divine breath ought to trust God’s Grace on this. I agree with Mark Twain.

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