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More Art Monday: Dog Days of Summer
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Image 1: 
"Departing for the Promenade (Will You Go Out with Me, Fido?)," 1859, Alfred-Émile-Léopold Stevens 

Image 2: "Dog Barking at the Moon," 1926, Joan Miró

Image 3: "Caricature of John G. Johnson as a Sick Dog," c. 1883-1908, Alexander Harrison 

Image 4: Hankie alert (from gallery label): Vincent van Gogh was very impressed by this particular painting by Israëls, who was a principal figure in the Hague School, a group that included Jacob Maris and Anton Mauve. These two artists dominated Dutch painting at the moment in the early 1880s when van Gogh began his career as an artist. He wrote: “[An old man] is sitting in … a dark little cottage. . . . His dog … sits beside his chair those two old friends look … into each other’s eyes… . And meanwhile the old man takes his tobacco pouch out of his pocket and lights his pipe in the twilight. That is all the twilight, the silence, the loneliness of those two.”

"Old Friends (Silent Conversation)," Before 1882, Jozef Israëls 

Image 5: "Officer Writing a Letter, with a Trumpeter," c. 1658-59, Gerard ter Borch 

Image 6: "Jilted," 1887, Briton Riviere 

Image 7: "Spotted Dog,"c. 1939-42, Bill Traylor

Image 8: Dog,” 1994, Edward Ruscha 

Image 9: "Little Laundry Girl" From “L’Album des peintres-graveurs (The Album of Painter-Printmakers),” c. 1895-96, Pierre Bonnard Published by Ambroise Vollard, Paris Bonnard © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris 


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