ARTimals:  ARTimals

Do horses know how to relax? Do monkeys make good pets? Learn about the animals in our artworks as the curators talk to an animal expert on this playful journey designed for our youngest audiences, their adults, and the young at heart.  

Featured voices: 
• Cathleen Chaffee, Charles Balbach Chief Curator
• Holly E. Hughes, Godin-Spaulding Senior Curator for the Collection
• James Sevigny,  animal expert from the SPCA Wildlife Department serving Erie County

Painting of a black dachshund walking on a leash next to its owner's leash

Susan Rothenberg

American, 1945-2020

Two-Tone, 1975

Acrylic and tempera on canvas
 69 1/2 x 114 inches (176.5 x 289.6 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Armand J. Castellani, 1977

© Estate of Susan Rothenberg / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York 

Sketch of a horse with the canvas painted in two tones, half white and half pink

Arshile Gorky

American, born Khorkom, Turkish Armenia (now Turkey), 1904-1948

The Liver Is the Cock's Comb, 1944

Oil on canvas
73 1/4 x 98 3/8 inches (186.1 x 249.9 cm)
Gift of Seymour H. Knox, Jr., 1956

© Estate of Arshile Gorky / Artists Rights Society (ARS) New York 

Abstract expressionist painting of gardens with unique colors such as red, brown, yellow, blue and white throughout

Francis Bacon

British, born Ireland, 1909-1992

Man with Dog, 1953

Oil on canvas
60 x 46 inches (152 x 117 cm)
Gift of Seymour H. Knox, Jr., 1955

© Estate of Francis Bacon / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York 

Painting that looks as if its in motion of a dog in a protective stance on leash and its owners legs are standing next to it

Joan Mitchell

American, 1925-1992

George Went Swimming at Barnes Hole, but It Got Too Cold, 1957

Oil on canvas
85 1/4 x 78 1/4 inches (216.5 x 198.8 cm)
Gift of Seymour H. Knox, Jr., 1958. Conservation funded by grant from the Bank of America Art Conservation Project

© Estate of Joan Mitchell 

Abstract paint strokes of shades of blue, green, red, yellow on white canvas

Milton Avery

American, 1885-1965

Bucolic Landscape, 1945

Oil on canvas
32 x 48 inches (81.3 x 121.9 cm)
Room of Contemporary Art Fund, 1946

© Estate of Milton Avery / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York 

Painting of a large yellow cow laying in an orange-hued pasture and green trees in the distance

Edward Hicks

American, 1780-1849

Peaceable Kingdom, ca. 1848

Oil on canvas
23 7/8 x 31 7/8 inches (60.6 x 81 cm)
James G. Forsyth Fund, 1940

Painting of a variety of wild animals such as a cheetah, wolf, lion, bull, and children gather together in a natural landscape with trees and a river in the background

Joan Miró

Spanish, 1893-1983

Carnaval d'Arlequin (Carnival of Harlequin), 1924-1925

Oil on canvas
26 x 36 5/8 inches (66 x 93 cm)
Room of Contemporary Art Fund, 1940

Oil painting in a cubist style of carnival-styled figures

Marc Chagall

Belarusian, born Vitebsk, Russia (now Belarus), active in France, 1887-1985

La Vie paysanne (Peasant Life), 1925

Oil on canvas
39 3/8 x 31 1/2 inches (100 x 80 cm)
Room of Contemporary Art Fund, 1941

© Estate of Marc Chagall / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

IN vibrant colors, a white man in blue and a red hate is feeding a white and yellow horse carrots with a blue circle in the background where a red house and yellow roof and a couple dancing are in the blue circle

Frida Kahlo

Mexican, 1907-1954

Self-Portrait with Monkey, 1938

Oil on Masonite
16 x 12 inches (40.6 x 30.5 cm)
Bequest of A. Conger Goodyear, 1966

© Banco de Mexico Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS) New York 

Self portrait of Frida Kahlo, a mexican woman with dark hair, wearing a white shirt in front of green leaves with a monkey behind her shoulder holding on around her neck

Giacomo Balla

Italian, 1871-1958

Dinamismo di un cane al guinzaglio (Dynamism of a Dog on a Leash), 1912

Oil on canvas
35 3/8 x 43 1/4 inches (89.9 x 109.9 cm)
Bequest of A. Conger Goodyear and Gift of George F. Goodyear, 1964

© Estate of Giacomo Balla / Artists Rights Society (ARS) New York / SIAE, Rome 

Painting of a black dachshund walking on a leash next to its owners feet