“Portrait of a Singer”: The enchanting oil paintings of German artist and former art teacher Michael Sowa (born 1945) feature a varied cast of whimsical animals, who seem to share a secret with their human companions, keepers and owners. If Sowa’s style seems familiar, you may have seen two of his creations brought to animated life over the headboard of the title character in the 2001 film Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain: the two portraits conspire about Amelie’s love life while she dreams.

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