Animals in Art
Examples of animals in art, beginning with two sculptures of Sobek, the Egyptian crocodile god
Unknown, Sobek, crocodile god, 1st – 3rd Century AD, Temple of Kom Ombo, Egypt
Unknown, Sobek in his crocodile form, c 1900 BC, Staatliches Museum Ägyptischer Kunst, Munich
The cave paintings of Lascaux, probably painted 17000 years ago, for reasons unknown
And a scene from the Bayeux tapestry, showing horses and men in movement
These artists were anonymous, although it could be assumed that some were known in their lifetime.
A watercolour showing a hare in accurate anatomical detail, and now signed with the artist’s monogram
Albrecht Dürer, Feldhase, 1502, Albertina, Vienna, Austria
Moving to the eighteenth century, a painting of the racehorse, Eclipse, by Stubbs. He painted by commission, and built up a reputation for his accurate depictions of prize animals.
George Stubbs, Eclipse At New Market With Groom, 1770, oil on canvas
Later, Landseer became known for his sentimental Victorian portraits of animals
Edwin Landseer, A Distinguished Member of the Humane Society, 1838, oil on canvas, Tate Britain, London, UK
Franz Marc was serving in the German army when he was killed at Verdun. He was working on the development of camouflage when he died. His cubist style still allows the image to be easily recognised.
Franz Marc, Fuchse, 1913, oil on canvas, Museum Kunst Palast, Dusseldorf, Germany
A last image from Picasso, to be be compared to the scene from the Bayeux tapestry
Pablo Picasso, Corrida, 1934, oil on canvas, Private Collection
TB, 16 January 2018, Meeting No 8