Iconic Pieces of Animal Art You May Not Have Seen Before

Vincent Van Gogh – Two Crabs (1889)

Credit: National Gallery 

Van Gogh enjoyed painting nature. It was a consistent theme among the over 900 paintings and more than 1,100 sketches that he created over a decade. It is thought that the Dutch artist painted Two Crabs the moment he was released from the asylum in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, in 1889. Did you know Vincent Van Gogh was 27 years old when he painted his first artwork and died at the age of 37?

Frida Kahlo – Self Portrait with Monkeys (1943)

Credit: My Modern Met

One of my favorite artists is Frida Kahlo. This Mexican painter is known for creating emotionally charged self-portraits, at least partially driven by the severe injuries she sustained in a bus accident. Fifty-five of her 143 paintings are self-portraits including those with her beloved animals. Frida had many pets living in her “Casa Azul” (Blue House) in Mexico, including monkeys, dogs, birds and a fawn. One of Frida’s most famous paintings is  Self Portrait with Monkeys. In Mexican mythology, monkeys symbolize lust, yet Kahlo shows them as protective.

Pablo Picasso – The Dove (1949)

Credit: Biography Online

One of Picasso’s most famous and popular paintings is this lithograph of a dove, symbolizing peace.  The Spanish painter and sculptor, whose full name was Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso, created “The Dove” in January 1949. During the Cold War, this artwork became the symbol for peace and hope. It was also the image of the First International Peace Congress in Paris in 1949.

“Everything you can imagine is real” – Pablo Picasso

Franz Marc – Dog Lying in the Snow (1911)

Credit: Städel Museum 

Franz Marc was a German painter at the time of the German Expressionist movement. This painting shows Marc’s dog, Ruthie.  Its creation, in 1911, was a turning point for Marc’s subject matter. After this, he dedicated his talents to painting animals exclusively. It was very important to Marc that the essence of the animal be captured in his paintings. In 2008, Dog Lying in Snow twas voted the most popular painting at the Städel Museum in Frankfurt, Germany.

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