Robert Bateman (Prints)
Painted Dogs (Print)
Offset Paper; Edition Size 950
15" x 36" / 38.10cm x 91.44cm
Unframed (US Dollar): $245.00
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(20 x 48; Giclee Canvas; Edition Size 180; $850.00 U.S.)
“Painted dog is the recent name for this remarkable animal that used to be called ‘wild dog’
or ‘Cape hunting dog’. I like the name because it describes the kind of random patch
pattern of their coats, which is similar to the coat of a “painted” pony or “pinto”.
In a way, it fits with their behavior and social structure, which is active and complex.
To watch them is to watch a lively society in action. Their playfulness covers an intense
competition for social position and also reinforces connectedness and communication
skills that make them the most dreaded hunters in Africa. That is, they are the most
dreaded by the prey species. The dogs are relentless in pursuit and use strategy based
on co-operation and relationships.
In the painting I have tried to echo the qualities of these dogs in the bouncy,
varied patterns of the palms.”