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Mouse Muse The Mouse in Art

Owen, Lorna

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ISBN 10: 1580933947 / ISBN 13: 9781580933940
Published by Monacelli Press, 2014
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Inscribed by author on title page. 168 pp with extensive color plates. Size: 4to - over 9" - 12" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 014107

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Title: Mouse Muse The Mouse in Art

Publisher: Monacelli Press

Publication Date: 2014

Binding: Color Pictorial Hard Cover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: No Dj

Signed: Inscribed By Author

Edition: First Edition.

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A beautifully designed introduction to art history by way of artworks that feature the mouse—from the ancient world to drawings by Picasso, Disney, and Art Spiegelman.
Across centuries and civilizations, artists have used the mouse—the planet’s most common mammal after us—to illustrate our myths and beliefs. Mice have appeared as Japanese symbols of good luck or medieval emblems of evil, in Arab fables, Russian political satire and Nazi propaganda, as scientific tools and to help us challenge the way we see nature.
With more than 80 rarely reproduced works—including paintings by Hieronymus Bosch and Gustav Klimt, a silkscreen by Andy Warhol, a print by Hokusai, a photograph by André Kertész, a sculpture by Claes Oldenburg, a video installation by Bruce Nauman, a performance by Joseph Beuys, and many more—Lorna Owen has created an engaging presentation of an extraordinary range. The pieces, which represent every period of visual art, are accompanied by Owen’s intriguing text about the story behind each work. She has combined her passion for art and her empathy for the unsung archetype of the animal kingdom to explain not only how or why the artist came to use the mouse as a subject, but how the art, in the end, reveals more about us than it could ever reveal about this humble creature.

About the Author:

Lorna Owen is a writer, editor, and author of the popular blog Mouse Interrupted. Previously she was Senior Editor for Nan A. Talese, the literary imprint of Doubleday/Random House. She received an M.A. from The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, studied studio arts and art history, and served a year’s stint managing the workshop of an Italian artist in New York City.

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