I chose "My Life as a Dog," by Robert Arneson for 2 reasons. One reason was because of the piece as a whole, including the title. His facial expression gives the piece a pessimistic feeling, confirming the title's negative tone. The second reason was the name on the bowl. Of course Bob is the nickname for Robert, but it is also, in my opinion, the most generic male name. It seemed fitting that Bob would be chosen as the equivalent of a basic dog name, like Spot on the bowl. In this way, he lived the life of a dog.