Property from the Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust
MARIE-LOUISE VON MOTESICZKY (AUSTRIAN 1906-1996)
oil on canvas
45.8 x 55.8 cm (16 1/8 x 22 in)
I. Schlenker, Marie-Louise von Motesiczky 1906-1996, A Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings, New York, 2009, p. 392, no. 229, illustrated
Painted in the 1960s, Ines Schlenker notes that the artist and her mother were both great dog lovers, and owned a succession of different breeds throughout their lives. As Schlenker describes, the focus is the grooming of a patient fawn-coloured Afghan. Behind the Afghan a large grey dog, possibly a poodle with its head held high, seeks attention. Lower right a third dog looks on, its tail forming a graceful Arabesque with the back legs of the standing Afghan. The coiffeuse crouches behind the Afghan, her work surveyed by two women wearing hats, presumably the dog-owners, squashed into the top right quadrant of the composition to complete this intentionally humorous scene.
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