As we enter the dog days of summer, I offer you seven pups by French artist Pierre Bonnard. Bonnard was a keen observer of animals, whether pampered pets or urban strays. In this lively lithograph, five dogs interact on an urban street. Well-groomed pets wearing collars mix with scruffy street dogs. Bonnard captures the distinctive gaits and personalities of each canine in a gently humorous style.
Want to see this print in person? Mark your calendar for the exhibition Private Lives: Home and Family in the Art of the Nabis, Paris, 1889–1900, opening at the Portland Art Museum on October 23! Want to know more about Bonnard’s depictions of pets? Join me for Painted Pets: Dogs and Cats in the Works of Pierre Bonnard on Wednesday, August 18 at 3 p.m. (PDT), a virtual program by our exhibition partners, the Cleveland Museum of Art.
—Mary Weaver Chapin, Curator of Prints and Drawings