Description of the painting by Edward Manet “Dog’s head”

Description of the painting by Edward Manet “Dog’s head”

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1876 ​​g .; canvas, oil; 21 x 27; in a private collection.

The image of the head of a small dog is a rather curious canvas in the artistic heritage of Edouard Manet. According to critics, the picture was painted simultaneously in the styles of realism and impressionism. Signs of Manet’s own style are just as obvious - his careless expressive brush strokes that perfectly convey a sense of texture.

The hair on the dog’s head is as if you can touch it with your hand. The expressive features of the animal, its characteristic posture, are accurately and vividly captured. It seems that outside the frame of the picture, the dog stood on its hind legs, preparing to jump directly onto the viewer. His ears are wary, the expression on his face is lively and friendly, as if he saw a well-known person whom he greets with joy.

Light falls on the head of the dog, illuminating the moving face of the animal, giving a joyful and lively expression. portraying his four-legged model, Manet uses the same techniques that are standardly used by painters to portray portraits of people. The same dark background, emphasis on the characteristic features of the main character of the canvas. It is noteworthy that in the corner of the picture the artist signed with red paint to Bob, which may be the name of the dog, and, in this case, the work may well be called Portrait of Bob, since all the basic rules are observed.

It seems, at the whim of the artist, this light brown terrier was doomed to enter someone's family portrait gallery along with his ancestors and family members.

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