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250 × 190 × 25 mm
280 pages
164 illustrations, 158 in colour
14 Oct 2019

Dogs in Art Susie Green

From the Zoroastrian sculpture of a 100kg mastiff to the portrait of a coiffured lapdog, 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 more than 200 breathtaking canine images to tell the story of dogs in art, from ancient times to the present. Susie Green considers the artist’s often very personal motives behind their work, 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 such as Hogarth, William Wegman and Lucian Freud.

The perfect gift for the many dog lovers around the world, this beautifully illustrated volume offers a dynamic new perspective on our relationship with this much cherished animal.

‘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.’ — The New Criterion

‘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.’ — The Field

‘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.’ — CNN Great Big Story

‘This beautiful book traces the history of dogs in art, from Roman mosaics to pop art and video, covering a wide range of genres, fashions, and cultures . . . There are more than 200 stunning images throughout these pages . . . The result is not just a beautiful book, but one which give us a fascinating insight to the lives and times of artists such as Sir Edwin Landseer and Frida Kahlo through their connection with, and love of, dogs.’ — Your Dog

‘A refreshing primer on a subject old as time . . . A handsome, well-researched book, it strikes the perfect balance.’ — The Bark

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Susie Green has studied animals in art extensively and written numerous books on human interaction with animals, including Bird Messages (2018), Animal Messages (2015), Tiger (Reaktion, 2006) and Talk to Your Dog (2005). She lives in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, UK.


One In the Beginning
Two The Supreme Predator
Three From the Dark Ages to the End of the Renaissance
Four The Dog Stands Alone
Five My Best Friend and I
Six The Dog’s Role as a Model in Life and Art
Seven The Dog as Adornment in Art and the Flesh
Eight An Artist’s Best Friend

Photo Acknowledgements