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Impressionist Cats and Dogs: Pets in the Painting of Modern Life

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Many Impressionist paintings of modern life and leisure include images of household pets. Their appealing presence lends charm to such works while alluding to middle-class prosperity and the growing importance of animals as family members. In many cases, such domestic denizens significantly complement representations of their owners. In certain others, the devotion of individual artists to their pets symbolically enhances their expressions of artistic identity. This enjoyable and informative book focuses on the ...
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New Haven 2003 Hardcover First Edition. 144 pages. Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new copy. ART. This enjyable and informative book focuses on the role of pets in Impressionst ... pictures and what this reveals about art, artists, and the society of that era. Discusses works in which artists paint themselves or their friends in the company of their pets, including several paintings by Courbet (who was fond of dogs) and Manet (a notorious lover of cats). Includes an Index. (Key Words: Impressionists, Cats, Dogs, Pets, Art, Georges Seurat, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, James Rubin, Claude Monet, Edouard Manet, Jean-Baptiste Greuze, Edgar Degas, Gustave Courbet, Mary Cassatt, Paul Cezanne). Read more Show Less

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Many Impressionist paintings of modern life and leisure include images of household pets. Their appealing presence lends charm to such works while alluding to middle-class prosperity and the growing importance of animals as family members. In many cases, such domestic denizens significantly complement representations of their owners. In certain others, the devotion of individual artists to their pets symbolically enhances their expressions of artistic identity. This enjoyable and informative book focuses on the role of pets in Impressionist pictures and what this reveals about art, artists, and society of that era. James H. Rubin discusses works in which artists paint themselves or their friends in the company of their pets, including several paintings by Courbet (who was fond of dogs) and Manet (a notorious lover of cats). He points out that in some works by Degas, dogs contribute to the artist's commentary on psychological and social relationships, and that in paintings by Renoir, dogs and cats have playful and erotic overtones. He also offers a theory to explain why Monet almost never painted pets. Drawing on early pet handbooks and treatises on animal intelligence, Rubin explores nineteenth-century opinions on cats and dogs and compares handbook illustrations to the animals shown in Impressionist works. He also provides fascinating information on pet ownership and on the place of Impressionism in the long history of animal painting.

Author Biography: James H. Rubin is professor and chair of the department of art at Stony Brook, State University of New York.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780300098730
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 10/11/2003
  • Pages: 156
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 11.32 (h) x 0.73 (d)

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