Dogs occupy a special place in the history of painting, man’s best friend, hunter, a noble companion and attentive protector. Their graceful lines a compositional gift to the artist, refined profiles, arched backs and always full of poise. Of all the dogs I have looked at in painting, Dog lying in the snow by Franz Marc has been a subject I have returned to many times, Marc’s Fauvist approach to colour lending itself well for reinterpretation.