Self Portraits with Pets (a look at 3 famous artists who painted their furry friends)

Guess who loves their pets almost as much as your kids? 

Artists!

Today we'll look at some fun fine art featuring artists furry friends.

Picasso & his puppy

First up... Pablo Picasso and his beloved dachshund, Lump. Lump means "rascal" in German, and this puppy was a rascal! He would keep Picasso company while he painted, and he was fond of chewing on a small bunny sculpture Picasso made. Picasso loved Lump dearly... he would hold him like he was a baby, and feed him at the dinner table on a plate that he painted just for him!

Self Portraits with pets! A fun art history lesson for kids featuring the art of Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee, and Frida Kahlo.

Picasso and Lump Photography by David Douglas Duncan.

Self Portraits with pets! A fun art history lesson for kids featuring the art of Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee, and Frida Kahlo.

Pablo Picasso, Dog.

Paul Klee and his cat

Paul Klee had cats throughout his life, and created several pieces of art featuring his fluffy friends! Once, while a friend was visiting, he noticed Klee's cat about to walk across a still wet watercolor. He tried to stop him, and Klee just laughed and said to let the cat walk where he liked. "Many years from now," he told his friend, "One of your art connoisseurs will wonder how in the world I ever got that effect."

Self Portraits with pets! A fun art history lesson for kids featuring the art of Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee, and Frida Kahlo.

Paul Klee and his cat, Fripouille, 1921. (Photo: Felix Klee. Klee Family Donation)

Self Portraits with pets! A fun art history lesson for kids featuring the art of Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee, and Frida Kahlo.

Paul Klee. Cat and Bird. 1928.

Frida Kahlo & her monkeys

Frida Kahlo's pet's were a bit more exotic. She had 2 spider monkeys named Fulang Chang and Caimito de Guayabal. Because of her poor health, Frida spent much of her time at home. She had all kinds of fun pets to keep her company as she painted. She was known to have dogs, parrots, macawas, chickens, and even a pet eagle!

Self Portraits with pets! A fun art history lesson for kids featuring the art of Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee, and Frida Kahlo.

Frida Kahlo holding her pet monkey, Mexico City, 1944 © Bettmann/CORBIS

Self Portraits with pets! A fun art history lesson for kids featuring the art of Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee, and Frida Kahlo.

Frida Kahlo. Self-Portrait with Monkeys. 1943.

Now it's your turn!

Invite your kids to paint themselves with your furry family members. And for even more fun, be sure to check out this post with lots of great book recommendations! Don't forget to share photos of your kids art in our fantastic facebook group, and post them on Instagram with the hashtag #arthistorykids.