9 Famous Artists and the Dogs That Inspired Them

Dogs are inspiring creatures and their loyalty and love have inspired many to draw, paint, sing, or write about them. Even the most famous of artists had dogs that inspired them to create certain masterpieces. We did some research and found a few great pictures of famous artists and their dogs as well as the paintings that inspired these masterpieces.

Frida Kahlo and Small Monkey


Frida Kahlo had more than one dog from the Xoloitzcuintli breed. She loved these dogs and even included one of them in a self-portrait she painted of herself. The Painting was called Self Portrait with Small Monkey.

Picasso and Lump


Picasso had a Dachshund called Lump. Lump inspired the painting Le Chien (The Dog). It is a simple painting but a true depiction of his beloved Lump.

Cassius Marcellus and Dogs Playing Poker


Cassius Marcellus is the creator of the famous Dogs Playing Poker paintings. The painting is part of a set of 16 oil paintings that were used to advertise cigars. This painting is iconic and one of the most well-known in the world.

Norman Rockwell and Pitter


Pitter is Norman Rockwell’s furry friend and he is always by his side. You will find many pictures of Pitter lying beside Rockwell in his studio just keeping an eye on things. Pitter inspired the painting called Pride of Parenthood by Norman Rockwell.

Andy Warhol and Archie


Andy Warhol had a little Dachshund called Archie. Archie was the most adorable black Daxie and inspired Warhol to create a print of his beloved pooch.

Charles Schulz and Spike


You may not know this, but Snoopy, the famous dog from the Peanuts and Charlie Brown comics, was inspired by a real dog. The creator, Charles Schulz, had a childhood dog called Spike. Spike was the inspiration for the creation of Snoopy who is one of the most famous dogs in the world today.

David Hockney and Stanley and Boodge


Stanley and Boodge were two Dachshunds that belonged to artist David Hockney. Hockney was truly inspired by these two and he definitely loves the Daxie breed. They inspired more than one painting depicting them in different actions from sleeping to begging.

Franz Marc and Ruthie


Franz Marc created one of his most famous paintings of his dog, Ruthie. She so inspired him that he started to only paint animals. He believed that they were the only innocent creatures in the world and focused most of his work on them.

Lucien Freud and Pluto and Eli


Lucien Freud had two Whippets called Pluto and Eli. These two dogs were often painted alongside his human subjects and they were also the main focus and inspiration for many other paintings. He wanted to try and depict his human subjects as relaxed and natural as his dog subjects.

It is clear that dogs influence humans and inspire them. It actually works the other way around as well as dogs have been proven to respond to music and art in positive ways. Dogs are true and loyal and will always be popular as subjects for art. Send us your own art inspired by your dog.

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