Picabia showing dogs doing what dogs do

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At the Francis Picabia exhibition at MoMA, I noticed a painting with some subject matter that I honestly don’t think I’ve ever seen represented in art history before … a dog lifting its leg, in order to urinate, as dogs generally do.

The painting in question is titled “Dresseur d’animaux (Animal Trainer),” from 1937, pictured in full below left, with a detail below right. It’s not a big deal, I suppose, I just find it a bit odd to show it in a painting, even though it’s just showing dogs doing what dogs do.

Animal Trainer painting from 1937 by Francis Picabia

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