A dog sits in a kitchen and smells unseen fresh bread. He patiently waits for this delicious treat.
For the past couple hours here at Panera I’ve been looking up at the painting, appreciating how the yellow in the painting matches the yellow Panera wall. It’s almost as though the painting is a mini mural.
Being curious who the artist is behind the dog painting in Panera, I took a photo of the painting and did a reverse Google Image search.
The only result on Google is a blog post about a day trip by a mother and her young daughter. The mother and daughter give their interpretation of the painting, “the dog did, indeed, get the bread–without breaking a dish–and without getting caught.” The internet is a great place where you can discover stories like this while sitting in the very same booth.
The identity of the artist still remains a mystery. But I do like the Hopper-esque qualities of the painting with it’s simplicity of scene, single character, flash washes of monochromatic color, and delicate shadows. The dog himself almost appears as a shadow and a formal element in the painting. His nose pointing upwards aligns with the right edge of the painting. The desired bread is unseen to the dog, but seen to the viewer, giving the viewer an inside scoop over the story.
If anyone knows who the artist is, please let me know. This painting is a print on canvas, so it seems like something that many other Panera restaurants might also have hanging.
If you’d like to do a Google image search for this painting, feel free to search on this image: