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Dogs reimagined as classical art characters

Photo credit: Photo © 2020 Tein Lucasson. All rights reserved.
Photo credit: Photo © 2020 Tein Lucasson. All rights reserved.

From Town & Country

A new book of delightful portraits reimagines canines in the style of Old Masters. In Dog: Portraits of Eighty-Eight Dogs and One Little Naughty Rabbit, the artist Tein Lucasson attributes canines (and one rabbit) with an anthropomorphic character by digitally refining their pictures.

Photo credit: Photo © 2020 Tein Lucasson. All rights reserved.
Photo credit: Photo © 2020 Tein Lucasson. All rights reserved.

From a Jack Russell terrier wearing a pristine white uniform and a pug in a sailor suit to a dalmatian in an admiral’s jacket and a labrador in an aristocratic coat with a ruff, each compelling portrait tells a tale – and is accompanied by a charming, if eccentric, text envisaging the lives of the surreal hybrid protagonists.

Photo credit: Photo © 2020 Tein Lucasson. All rights reserved.
Photo credit: Photo © 2020 Tein Lucasson. All rights reserved.

There is Olive, an anxious-looking greyhound wearing a white frock, who is conceptualised as “a young bride” who “wonders if life will be better” after the wedding. And brown-eared Boris, who “grew up on a farm” and “didn’t have to think twice when his father asked who would be interested in taking over the business”.

There is also, as the title mentions, a “little naughty rabbit”, artfully depicted as a young child carrying a toy boat. Though the images are created using modern technology, they manage to maintain the grandeur of classical portraiture.

Photo credit: Photo © 2020 Tein Lucasson. All rights reserved.
Photo credit: Photo © 2020 Tein Lucasson. All rights reserved.

This is Lucasson’s second venture into animorphe pictures, following last year’s Cat: Portraits of Eighty-Eight Cats and One Very Wise Zebra, and surely will not be his last.

Photo credit: © Dog – Portraits of Eighty-Eight Dogs & One Little Naughty Rabbit by Tein Lucasson, to be published by teNeues in April 2020, £ 20, www.teneues.com
Photo credit: © Dog – Portraits of Eighty-Eight Dogs & One Little Naughty Rabbit by Tein Lucasson, to be published by teNeues in April 2020, £ 20, www.teneues.com

Dog: Portraits of Eighty-Eight Dogs and One Little Naughty Rabbit’ by Tein Lucasson (£20, teNeues) is published on 27 March.