Dogs and Arts. Velazquez, Hafftka, Galdos, Martin Cid…

Dogs and Arts. Velazquez, Hafftka, Galdos, Martin Cid…
Isabel del Rio

Dogs! Yareah magazine loves pets. Of course, birds, golden fishes, hamsters… all of them are nice, but cats and dogs are so expressive and they interact with people in a sentimental way that makes impossible not to love them.

Dogs and Arts  Velazquez, Hafftka, Galdos, Martin Cid…

Cocoa with the artist Michael Hafftka, by Michael Hafftka

Some people prefer cats, our elegant cats of water eyes. Some others prefer dogs, because they represent loyalty and generosity.

How about artists? In opinion of the photographer David Douglas Duncan, Pablo Picasso had ‘a love affair’ with a little dog called Lump and also with a boxer called Yan… Picasso was always surrounded by dogs and most of them appear in his paintings. Picasso himself painted the most famous dog of Art history: Moises, when he studied Las Meninas by Diego Velazquez.

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Meninas by Picasso

Moises was that quiet mastiff that appears in Velazquez masterpiece while a naughty dwarf (Nicolasito Pertusato) is teasing him. The mastiff belonged to Margarita of Austria, the little princess, and maybe Moises lived more than the poor girl. I think the only sad thing about a dog is its short life.

This traditional love among artists and dogs keeps on today. My good friend, the painter Michael Hafftka, has a fantastic pet, Cocoa, who appears proudly in different paintings of this fantastic artist from New York.

Another Yareah magazine friend, the artist Elena Malec, painted Martin Cid with Jackito, his Labrador. Yes, because authors also like dogs and the friendship between Martin Cid and Jackito is legendary, as it was the love for Labradors of Benito Perez Galdos. Precisely, another old Yareah magazine friend, artist David McDowell, painted Galdos and his dog, a black dog. Jackito is blond as Cocoa, and Moises was brown, because all of the colors are perfect for the palette of an artist and the pen of a writer.

Dogs and Arts. Velazquez, Hafftka, Galdos, Martin Cid…

Martin Cid and Jackito by Elena Malec

Definitely, if we understand artists and authors are sensitive people, it is logical to think they love Mother Nature and her more loyal creatures: Dogs.

Enjoy your day. Art is everywhere!

Dogs and Arts. Velazquez, Hafftka, Galdos, Martin Cid…

Galdos and his Labrador by David McDowell

View Comments (3)
  • Martin

    Here Martin. Many thanks!

  • Dewey Edward Chester

    ‘CID and JACKITO’ is a classic, iconic portrait.

  • (here Martin) Lol, Dewey. Thanks for the comment and thanks for coming.

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