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Great Housewives of Art Revisited

Swain, Sally

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ISBN 10: 0586213945 / ISBN 13: 9780586213940
Published by Grafton, London, 1991
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Small Oblong Quarto Size [approx 17.5cm x 24cm]. Very Good condition. Colour illustrations. unpaginated (80 pages approximately). Bookseller Inventory # 284656

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Title: Great Housewives of Art Revisited

Publisher: Grafton, London

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Softcover

Edition: 1st Edition.

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A humorous collection of pastiches showing the daily routines of the wives of great artists, from Mrs Magritte tidying the hat-rack to Mrs Duchamp's attempts to rid herself of unsightly facial hair. This book takes a provocative look at the role of women and the nature of art.

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"Why don't art galleries display more images of modern woman's daily domestic grind?" Forty-two color pictures elaborate on the above question and similar ones raised in this witty visual spoof of "great" art, i.e., art made by men according to male esthetics. Thus, a composition whose neat geometry recalls Mondrian demands a second look: the apparently abstract configuration depicts a robotic woman ("Mrs. Mondrian") wielding a mop. Another woman (with blood trickling from an amputated ear) makes the bed of Van Gogh's famously awry room. And in this Dejeuner sur l'herbe , the female picnickers wear business suits while a man reclines in abashed nudity. The jokes are pungent and readily accessible--no arcane allusions here. Several gags misfire: "Mrs. Pollock Can't Seem to Find Anything Any More" (the image of a woman tearing her hair is embedded in blithely swirling strokes of color) obscures the historical "Mrs. Pollock," the noted painter Lee Krasner. Swain, an Australian, is a self-taught artist and illustrator.
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