Portrait of Madame Freret Dericour (1769)
Oil on canvas
Duplessis was a portrait painter of solid accomplishment during the reigns of Louis XV (1715-1774) and XVI (1774-1793). In the Nelson-Atkins portrait, Rococo elegance is beginning to be modified by the more disciplined taste of Neoclassicism. The artist combines a sound sense of form and texture-particularly effective in the smooth, silky coat of the dog-with a straightforward interpretation of character. Here, an unadorned, simple background allows our attention to focus on the sitter, whose pose and gaze are relaxed but self-assured, and whose inclusion of a favorite pet indicates a capacity for kindness and affection.
With eye upraised his master’s look to scan,
The joy, the solace, and the aid of man:
The rich man’s guardian and the poor man’s friend,
The only creature faithful to the end.
“The eyes are the window of the soul.” – Traditional Proverb
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A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself. — Josh Billings
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by: Ivan Turgenev
US two in the room; my dog and me. . . . Outside a fearful storm is howling.
The dog sits in front of me, and looks me straight in the face.
And I, too, look into his face.
He wants, it seems, to tell me something. He is dumb, he is without words, he does not understand himself — but I understand him.
I understand that at this instant there is living in him and in me the same feeling, that there is no difference between us. We are the same; in each of us there burns and shines the same trembling spark.
Death sweeps down, with a wave of its chill broad wing. . . .
And the end!
Who then can discern what was the spark that glowed in each of us?
No! We are not beast and man that glance at one another. . . .
They are the eyes of equals, those eyes riveted on one another.
And in each of these, in the beast and in the man, the same life huddles up in fear close to the other.