1. The title of this piece of art is Still Life with Three Puppies and was made by French post-impressionist Paul Gauguin in 1888.
2. This piece of artwork is a still life because Gauguin painted an arrangement of everyday things like the apples, pears, chalices, and bowl. Interestingly, however, he chose to include three puppies gathered around a water bowl, which is typically not included in still life.
3. I chose this artwork for a number of reasons. First, I thought it was very interesting that Gauguin chose to include living things (dogs) in his still life. It is an amusing break from all the other typical still lives. Second, Gauguin also broke from the typical hyper-realistic painting style that often accompanies still life paintings. The playful blue brushstrokes and smudges add an almost whimsical aspect to the dogs and background of the painting. To me, it contrasts from the seriousness of most still lives, making this particular one very enjoyable and simply beautiful. Lastly, I chose this painting because it is located in my favorite art museum which coincidentally I recently visited, the Museum of Modern Art in New York.