This is the most glorious portrait I have seen for a long, long time. A portrait artist friend sent it to me because I said I want the complexity in my background of my portrait without detracting from subject - no matter what anyone thinks the rules of composition are supposed to be. So she shared this as an example of it done well. It's masterful.
And I venture to say that in the history of art, never has a dog's tongue been so beautiful.
There's a quote attributed to Picasso that I think is apocryphal - 'Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.' Love it anyway.
But this really happened: “You’ve got to know the rules to break them… That’s what I’m here for – to demolish the rules but keep the tradition” Alexander McQueen - a fashion designer.