Friday, May 23, 2014

Quelques Chiens Impressionnistes --- Day 3/131

Walk: Mindful Body
Distance: 8 blocks and take yoga class

Our yoga teacher brought his handsome miniature long-haired dachshund to the studio today which put Ciwt in mind of a few dogs she'd recently seen in the Intimate Impressionism show.

Ciwt readers might remember Bonnard's charming street dogs:

Pierre Bonnard, Two Dogs in a Deserted Street, ca. 1894, oil on wood

In his later years Camille Corot (Fr. 1796-1875) was frequently confined to his Paris studio due to illness.  In this portrait of his studio - which is also a visual summary of his artistic career - we see the dog that provided him with company.

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, The Artist's Studio, ca. 1868, oil on wood

Edouard Manet (Fr. 1832-1883), capturing the distinct spirits and personalities of two dogs in the show, was clearly a friend of dogs.

Edouard Manet, A King Charles Spaniel, ca. 1866, oil on linen

And Ciwt's favorite:

Edouard Manet, Tama the Japanese Dog, ca. 1875, oil on canvas

Tama was brought back from Asia by Henri Cernuschi who traveled throughout East Asia for three years.  The Asian art collection he accumulated during this tour was so extensive he used it to found the Musee Cernushchi in Paris.  He also had his beloved Tama painted numerous times, but Ciwt doesn't think anyone could have captured Tama's self-assured vitality better than Manet. For instance, compare his Tara with one of Renoir's:
                               Tama the japanese dog - Pierre-Auguste Renoir
                                               Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Tama the Japanese Dog, ca 1876

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