It’s arguably the most famous dog in modern art — Jeff Koons’ Balloon Dog (Orange). It’s also arguably the most famous pet in art. I don’t see any cats vying for that title. I don’t see any Warhol Parakeets and Renoir Sheep trying to take the trophy from Balloon Dog (Orange). (Art majors: There really aren’t any Warhol Parakeets and Renoir Sheep.)
Christie’s calls Balloon Dog (Orange) “one of the most recognizable images in today’s canon of art history,” and we can’t argue with that. We always recognize it when we see it. I think one time we thought it was a boat, but that was years ago.