Thursday, 7 March 2013

Vizsla (puppy)

Such soulful eyes! And what big paws you've got... I'm going to be painting a few of these lovely dogs. I like their body shape and the colour of their coat as well as their interesting history. Vizslas have been known in Hungarian history for centuries. The ancestors of the present Vizsla were used as hunting dogs by Magyar tribes in the 10th century. Stone etchings over a thousand years old show the Magyar hunter with his falcon and his Vizsla.
Possibly the first written reference to Vizsla was in the Illustrated Vienna Chronicle prepared  by Carmelite Friars in 1357.
The Vizsla survived the Turkish occupation of Hungary in the 16th century, the Hungarian Revolution in the 19th, World War I, World War 2 and the communist era, although it was a bit hit & miss at times. The breed really took off when they started to arrive in the US after World War 2. 
I am also working on some other paintings as well, so to make room for them I'm going to blog 3x a week for a bit not 5, so see you next week on Tuesday. Have a great weekend and thanks for reading.

1 comment:

  1. Fabulous painting Karen. I love his big paws. If i'm honest i hadn't heard of this breed before. Have a great weekend too. Best wishes rich