Picasso 'The Dog': Lump, the Most Influential Dog in Art History
Lump (* before 1957, † March 29, 1973), also known as Lumpi and Lumpito, was a Dachshund owned by Spanish artist Pablo Picasso and is considered the "most significant animal model in art history." The dog was originally owned by photographer David Douglas Duncan. During a visit to Picasso's house in Cannes on April 19, 1957, the dog demonstrated a noticeable affection towards Picasso, leading Duncan to leave him with the Spanish artist.
Picasso quickly developed a deep bond with his new companion, who frequently served as his "model" in the following years. Picasso painted a portrait of his Dachshund friend on a plate and created several pencil drawings of the animal. Additionally, he incorporated Lump into his 45 interpretations of Velázquez's painting "Las Meninas," which can be found today at the Picasso Museum in Barcelona. In doing so, he replaced the scene featuring the Spanish Mastiff of the Spanish king in Velázquez's original painting with Lump.
Lump passed away on March 29, 1973, just ten days before Picasso. The loss of his beloved Dachshund was undoubtedly a great sorrow for Picasso. However, Lump's legacy as an inspiring animal model and faithful companion continues to live on.
Picasso 'The Dog,' also known as 'Le Chien' is part of Picasso's Single-Line Drawings. With his line drawings, the aim is to reduce a complex image to a single, yet powerful, flowing line. Wall art featuring owls, dogs, penguins, and more can be found in households around the world.