Of course, there could also be other, more long- standing and deep-seated reasons for this turn to a dog and my idea that dogs and painting just go together. Think of all those magical little dogs that appear in the wondrous paintings by
Pierre Bonnard. Right smack in the bottom center of a large luminous canvas filled with jewel-like color is a little dog curled up on the bathroom floor. And there she/he is again in another bathroom painting or in a dining room/still life painting at the edge of the canvas, where the dog is coming in or going out and adds movement to the composition. Bonnard's works on paper also feature dogs, they are stars in the artist's presentation of contemporary French urban streets. Think about dogs and Goya. Dogs are again in many of the artists' pieces and most compellingly in what many have thought to be one of the greatest paintings ever, "The Dog" in Goya's series of Black Paintings. Think about the unforgettable dogs in Lucien Freud's work. In many canvases, the power of what Freud adds to our understanding of humanity has a lot to do with his depiction of the relationships between persons and dogs. And this list of painters with dogs could go on for a long time: Titian, Veronese, Velazquez, Chardin, Manet, Vuillard, Sargent, Hockney, and many more. How could I not get a dog?