Meet Tama, the Japanese dog! Henri Cernuschi, Tama’s owner, traveled throughout East Asia for three years and brought back more than this little cutie from his travels. Cernuschi’s collection of Asian art was so extensive that he used it to found the Musée Cernuschi in Paris. Tama, however, must have rivaled some of his owner’s most cherished art treasures, because Cernuschi commissioned none other than Edouard Manet to paint the dog’s astute portrait, which is now on view in Intimate Impressionism from the National Gallery of Art!
Edouard Manet (French, 1832-1883), Tama, the Japanese Dog, c. 1875, oil on canvas. National Gallery of Art, Washington, Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon
"Ruff ruff, Tama!"
(This pooch is 100 years older than Manet’s Tama, but still looking sharp!)
Maria Frederike van Reede-Athlone at Seven (detail), 1755-1756, Jean-Etienne Liotard. J. Paul Getty Museum.