The Pets and the Materials
“This charming painting is unique in Cornelius Krieghoff‘s œuvre. Two spaniels frolic among the remains of what appears to have been a splendid feast, where a group of friends have eaten, drunk and smoked to their heart’s content. Each element is immediately recognizable, which adds to the work’s appeal. The artist gave it as a Christmas gift to his Quebec City friends Anny, Christopher and Robert O’Connor, as a token of his esteem.” (The National Gallery of Art, Canada)
Cornelius Krieghoff (19 June 1815 – 8 April 1872)
My last two posts have disappeared as I was publishing them. It’s a loss because of the time I spent constructing these posts, but…
So it occurred to me that you may enjoy looking at two paintings by Krieghoff that differ substantially from the paintings I have used in earlier posts. They feature dogs. There are so many dogs in Krieghoff’s paintings that I suspect he always kept a dog. So did his habitants. But “The Pets and the Materials” is different and “Jerry” has a name. He is a pet and Krieghoff has painted his portrait.