HISTORY
When Ancestral Dog Portraits have themselves ancestors,
here is what they could look like. Thierry Poncelet has still
had a great admiration for the french illustrator Grandville,
one of the best known for this type of creation.

But if we take some time to look forward till the beginning of humanity, the idea of creature mixing human and animal has still been a very popular idea.

The Egyptian gods were represented as human-animal
creatures. Anubis, god of death and funerals has for
example a striking likeness whith Poncelet's creations...

Through Antiquity and Middle Ages, half dog half human creatures were thought to live in far eastern regions of the world and often represented on romanesque and gothic churches as well as in book illuminations. Later at the
classical age, the idea of likeness between animal
and human creatures was considered as a part
of science.

After Leonardo da Vinci, the famous french painter
Lebrun inspired himself of animal depictions to
describe different types of human portraits, along
physical features.

Charles Kleinberg

Humour et sensibilité, finesse et irrévérence, le surréalisme est une denrée dont l'alchimie est dangereuse et qui nous est typiquement belge. N'est ce pas en effet placer des objets dans un contexte insolite, ou une pensée dans un environnement qui ne lui est pas habituel?

Il faut toute la grandeur d'un véritable artiste pour que ces rapprochements redeviennent une création pure. Je dirais plus: le sourire qui nous vient aux lèvres à la vue des portraits recomposés par Thierry Poncelet, est lui aussi d'une rare qualité. Que la gentille "bête" qui sommeille en nous se reconnaisse donc dans ces tableaux psychologiques.

History

When Ancestral Dog Portraits have themselves ancestors, here is what they could look like. Thierry Poncelet has still had a great admiration for the french illustrator Grandville, one of the best known for this type of creation.

But if we take some time to look forward till the beginning of humanity, the idea of creature mixing human and animal has still been a very popular idea.

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