Dogs have been featured in works of art of various forms, such as painting, sculpture, porcelain, works on paper, and photography, either as primary subjects or as supporting characters to props. The books we have selected for you all explore the presentation of the dog in different art forms, whether from its origins in Greek and Roman art or in the paintings of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and up to modern times. By studying the portraits of pampered pets and depictions of sporting dogs the authors trace the evolution of different dog breeds and types through the centuries.
Dogs in English Porcelain
Dog in Art
by Robert Rosenblum
Hardcover: 119 pages
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; New Ed edition (1995)

The Dog in Art features illustrations of painted canines from romantism to postmodernism, including works by Picasso, Gauguin, Lautrec, and others, covering 250 years of paintings, watercolors, drawings works of architecture and sculpture through 61 selected artworks. More information:
Sit! Ancestral Dog Portraits
by Thierry Poncelet (Illustrator), Bruce McCall
Paperback: 96 pages
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company (2001)

A fetching collection of 70 disarmingly funny portraits where Thierry Poncelet seamlessly paints in a dog's head over the original human subject's. The resulting tour de force is a fantasy that looks uncannily real, the dogs appearing all too human in their military regalia or elaborate gowns. Originally published in 1993, Sit! was named a Notable Book of the Year by The New York Times and was excerpted in Harper's magazine and The New York Times Book Review. More information:
Dog Painting: The European Breeds
by William Secord
Hardcover: 398 pages Publisher: Antique Collectors' Club (October 1, 2000)
An historical overview of the extraordinary paintings created in nineteenth century Europe with over 550 dog paintings illustrated in colour. The book contains information about the characteristically European breeds and details of all the important 19th century artists working in the genre.
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Dog Painting 1840-1940: A Social History of the Dog in Art
by William Secord
Hardcover: 368 pages Publisher: Antique Collectors' Club (January 1, 2003)
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DOG BOOKS     Dog Art and Craft.
Dogs in English Porcelain of the 19th Century
by Dennis Rice
Hardcover: 186 pages
Publisher: Antique Collectors Club Dist A/C (January 25, 2007)

The first book to be directed exclusively at dogs in porcelain. Identifies around twenty individual breeds from thirteen major porcelain factories. This beautifully illustrated book, with color and black and white pictures, not only describes the porcelain models of dogs, but also gives information on the history and evolution of some types and breeds of dogs.
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Best in Show: The Dog in Art from the Renaissance to Today
by Peter Bowron, Carolyn Rose Rebbert, Robert Rosenblum, William Secord
Hardcover: 176 pages. Publisher: Yale University Press (August 3, 2006)
Best in Show offers a comprehensive survey of the dog as shown in painting, sculpture, works on paper, and photography from the end of the sixteenth century to today. This beautifully produced book features sixty works by such illustrious artists as Francis Bacon, Salvador DalĂ­, Lucian Freud, Edouard Manet, Andy Warhol,  Andrew Wyeth, and many more. Four fascinating essays by distinguished scholars discuss the dog in the context of the art of the 16th through the 21st centuries; examine the purebred and how breeds have developed and changed over the years; and outline the results of scientific inquiry over the centuries regarding the nature of dogs. More information:
The Artful Dog: Canines from The Metropolitan Museum of Artby Metropolitan Museum of Art
Hardcover: 80 pages
Publisher: Chronicle Books (September 1, 2006)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art presents masterpieces of dog-centric art, each accompanied by prose or poetry from some of the world s great writers, humorists, and thinkers, including Edith Wharton, Groucho Marx, and William Shakespeare. Frisky and idiosyncratic, this giftable collection is as delightful as its canine subject. More information:
Dog: A Dog's Life in Art and Literature
by Iain Zaczek
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: City Christian Publishing (May 2000)

A captivating collection of canine-inspired artwork created through the centuries.  The great variety of breeds depicted ranges from the pedigreed prince to the homely mutt, yellow-fanged wolf to pampered lapdog. Excerpts of relevant prose and poetry are included, chronicling the infinite facets of doghood. More information:
Impressionist Cats and Dogs: Pets in the Painting of Modern Life
by James H. Rubin
Hardcover: 156 pages
Publisher: Yale University Press (November 1, 2003)

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