March 30, 2010Mozart Dane: “Art with a Mission”

I have a distinct memory of standing with my mother in an art museum somewhere at a youngish age, looking at abstract art (I think Mark Rothko) and stating, “Well, I don’t get what the big deal is. That doesn’t look like anything. I mean, even I could do that.” And then my mom replied, “Well, good. Do it and make a ton of money.”

And the thing is, even though I’m older and supposedly wiser now, I still don’t get it when it comes to a lot of abstract art. (Still lookin’ at you, Mark Rothko.) And am I so wrong? I mean, I’m not trying to be ignorant or insulting here, but I just think you could hang some of Mozart Dane‘s work right alongside some museum pieces and a lot of people wouldn’t even get suspicious. I’m amazed at how the bright colors mix together with seeming purpose to end up looking like, well, something.

Mozart, a 5-year-old Great Dane, paints with his paws using acrylic on canvas. A discarded puppy bred in an Amish puppy mill, Mozart was given a second chance at life and happiness at Harlequin Haven Great Dane Rescue in Bethel, Ohio. Now Mozart, still healing from the physical and emotional trauma he suffered in the puppy mill, serves as the spokesdog for HHGCR, and all the proceeds from sales of his work go to help homeless animals and raise awareness of the horrors of irresponsible and inhumane breeding.

You can read more about Mozart’s story and mission and see more of his work here.

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11 comments

  1. Brandi’s avatar

    I think Mozart’s art is beautiful and what a great cause!!!

  2. Shauna (Fido & Wino)’s avatar

    Great. Now a DOG is showing me up with his artistic talent! ;)

  3. Rebecca’s avatar

    i want proof! there must be something on youtube or CBS Sunday Morning about this dog. because, i mean, that is AMAZING! i would buy it in a heartbeat if i hadn’t just done my sad monthly budget. but really, it’s beautiful. and really, i want proof! :D

  4. phetched’s avatar

    I know, Rebecca – I really wanted to find a video or something to see how he does it! I couldn’t find any videos, but there are several articles out there that describe his process in a little more detail, like this one: http://614columbus.com/magazine/09-01-2009/mozart-dane

  5. blanket’s avatar

    Incredible! and he manages to pick really nice colors too!

  6. leesia’s avatar

    craziness! that second and third one are fabulous — unbelievable!

  7. melissa i’s avatar

    Wow! I love these. Would love to see the pup in action.

  8. Kristy’s avatar

    This is a really interesting comparison. Kind of a sticky subject. I’ll just say that most of the time I’d stand behind the human art rather than the animal art – but you’ve proved me wrong here seeing as I hate Rothko and can appreciate that this dog’s work goes to a really, really great cause. I just feel like that’s not always the case with the elephant, monkey, baby art, etc. Anyway, I just wanted to say that this was a great post.

  9. Ashley’s avatar

    I completely adore the second painting. It looks like a field of flowers and a cloudy sky.

    I’m off to teach Pru how to paint.

  10. Marcia Richardson’s avatar

    So, I liked them so much I bought one to hang in my office – it was less expensive than the wallpaper you had here on phetched!

  11. Melissa’s avatar

    Wow, those are so pretty! I love the colors. I am not an abstract art lover by any means but I am going to have to look into these. The rescue is only 10 minutes from my house and I didn’t know that they offered these great paintings! Thanks for sharing!

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