When we think of great artists throughout history, we naturally tend to focus on their lives and accomplishments. However, we may forget to consider their animal pals, who are perhaps the most important beings in some of these artists' lives. 

Writer George Eliot once said, “Animals are such agreeable friends — they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms." As a creative person, having a pet can be a inspiring, comforting, and even a necessary part of a sane existence. After seeing these 20 Photos of Artists and Their Animals, you may notice a correlation between greatness in art and owning a pet. Just saying.

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