Francis Bacon looked at photographs of dogs moving to create this work. He smeared the paint to suggest that the dog may have been mentally ill. Bacon used animals to demonstrate danger and the fear of danger.
You can see this painting and other works by Bacon at Tate Britain until January 4 2009. You might find some of the works scary, so ask your parents to check it is suitable for you before you arrive.
What happened to this dog? Why might it be ill? Where is it? Why is it there? Where are it’s owners? There is a beach in the background – do you know where this might be?