Dogs in Art

Susie Green

Dogs in Art

Susie Green

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288 pages | 140 color plates, 10 halftones | 7 1/2 x 9 3/4
Cloth $35.00 ISBN: 9781789141290 Published December 2019 For sale in North and South America only
From the Zoroastrian sculpture of a two-hundred-pound mastiff to the portrait of a coiffured lap dog, Dogs in Art presents humanity’s best friend like never before. Through a wide range of genres, fashions, and cultures—from Roman mosaics to pop art, video, impressionism, and photography—this book brings together one hundred and fifty breathtaking canine images to tell the story of dogs in art from ancient times to the present. Susie Green considers the artists’ often very personal motives behind their works, the vastly different cultural raison d’êtres, and the reasons why these sentient, emotional beings are loved and trusted by hundreds of millions of people—including artists like Hogarth, William Wegman, and Lucien Freud.

The perfect gift for the many dog lovers around the world, this beautifully illustrated book offers a dynamic new perspective on our relationship with this much cherished animal.
Review Quotes
Benjamin Riley | New Criterion
"Green’s book is a useful primer on the history of dog depictions, spanning time, media, and world cultures. . . . The book’s text is garlanded by myriad image reproductions, often accompanied by informative captions that go beyond the usual rote artist/year/medium information and include further commentaries on the works."
Field
"This refreshing look at the dog in art runs over eight chapters. There is Landseer, Cubism, Japanese art, sculpture, and pop art, too. Through these striking images the story of the dog in art is traced, but also the story of the dog's relationship to man and what it means."
Great Big Story
"If nothing else, everyone in your living room should be able to agree on one thing after looking at this book: Every dog in the history of art is a very good dog."
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