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Many Impressionist paintings of modern life include household pets. They not only add charm to many pictures, their growing presence as family members alludes to middle-class leisure and prosperity.
It is not unusual to discover that these often unnoticed domestic denizens complement representations of their owners, alluding to their lives in various ways.
In some special cases, the devotion of certain artists to their pets reveals aspects of their aims and artistic identity, as well.
We guarantee that after this presentation, you will never overlook a painted pet again.
James H. Rubin, Ph.D., is professor of art history at Stony Brook, State University of New York.
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Free to Museum Friends, $15 members, $20 non-members, $5 students.
Tickets will be available to Museum Friends October 14, to DAM members on October 16, and to nonmembers (pending availability) on October 18.
Image: Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Sleeping Girl, 1880. The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts.