From Troyon’s farm animals going to market, through Queen Victoria’s favourite artist, African elephants in the wild, to monkeys, and cattle in the sunshine.
What could a jury possibly find bad or objectionable about Whistler’s finest painting? And after that mistake, how could a second jury get it so wrong too?
Independent and aloof, cats train their humans and think that they’re still large and ferocious. Paintings from Carpaccio to Bonnard.
In the nineteenth century, with the decline of patronage and changed art markets, fables become more popular among painter, at least before they gained patrons.
Landseer paints a La Fontaine fable; Bonnard, Corinth, and others complete the history.