Everyone knows the old adage that dog is man’s best friend. Usually here at Saatchi Online, we’re all about espousing what’s new and undiscovered, but as we’re also dog lovers, this is one time-honored sentiment we can get behind wholeheartedly. It seems as though many of our artists agree, based on the tremendous number of works featuring dogs on our site. We couldn’t resist presenting a sampling of these in Best In Show, our specially-curated collection.
A few selections from Best in Show:
The widespread enthusiasm for dogs has figured prominently in the artwork of countless civilizations, beginning with prehistoric cave paintings and culminating in what’s largely considered the golden age of dog art – 18th-century Britain, when wealthy patrons commissioned artists such as George Stubbs and Thomas Gainsborough to immortalise their hunting hounds and lap dogs.
In more recent years there has been little let-up in the portrayal of man’s best friend in art, with the instantly-recognizable Weimaraners of William Wegman, the Blue Dogs of George Rodrigue, and Jeff Koons’ candy-colored, larger-than-life balloon dog, among others.
It would appear that the story of the dog is an inexhaustible one, and we’re delighted to share the new tricks our artists have come up with for this “old dog” of a subject.