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David Hockney's Dog Days Hardcover – January 17, 1998

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David Hockney's Dog Days is the slightest of books, but that may be just fine for dachshund lovers, who will be its best audience. Hockney's drawings and paintings of his two dogs are full of tender love. They are "not very good models," he says. "One knock on the door is enough to make them leap up." So he paints them snoozing, mostly horizontal (as dachshunds usually are), and mostly on yellow and blue backgrounds, which can be monotonous. These are not the dachshunds of Pierre Bonnard, who made strange black holes in otherwise glorious canvasses. No matter: Hockney offers "no apologies." Speaking as a dog lover, he explains, "These two little creatures are my friends."

About the Author

David Hockney is easily Britain's best-known and best-loved contemporary artist. A new edition of his groundbreaking book Secret Knowledge will also be published by Thames & Hudson this autumn. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Bulfinch; 1st North American ed edition (January 17, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821223313
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821223314
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.6 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #433,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 28, 1999
Format: Hardcover
For readers with one or more Dachshunds around the house, you'll love the beautiful artwork of David Hockney and I'll bet these poses will look all too familiar. They certainly did to me! The variety of medium and presentation make this an interesting work for the artistically inclined as well.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Merilahti Kristiina on October 10, 2003
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
How lovely! An art book about dachshunds! Of course, they are mainly sleeping, dachshunds are too energetic to be captured with a camera, let alone a paintbrush. But the sketches add to the paintings and one can easily recognize the true nature of these dogs: philosophic, intelligent and full of natural authority. Although my favourite picture was a photograph of Hockney and his dogs and the pillow (in most paintings) with Hockney's paintings all around them. The book tells more about us dachshund lovers than the dogs, we are a strange bunch with an odd sense of humour and a deep passion for these dogs. Well, only a person with an odd sense of humour and a lot of patience would love - and manage to live with - a dachshund...
A perfect gift for dachshund lovers, people interested in dogs or art - or children, who think art is dull and never funny. The paintings are full of love. Thank you, David Hockney : )
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jean Horne on January 1, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I thought it was awesome! A lot of the drawings looked just like my tree red smooths. I was really impressed with how he sees his dachshunds and all of our dachshunds in art. If your not a person who lives and breathes doxies, you may not like it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By PJChgo on December 22, 2006
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Hockney's work is simply spectacular here. It's true that "true dachshund lovers" will probably appreciate this work to an extra degree. Hockney renders the dogs in many playful and sleepy poses that are recognizable to dog owners. Some artists have been unsuccessful in transferring the spirit of a dachshund to the page or canvas, but Hockney manages to capture the joy of the small dog and its sad, melancholy face.
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I bought this book years ago, and the paintings are terrifically fresh and inspired. As a great dog lover, I almost hate to point out that most dog portraits don't have winds of creativity blowing through them. Hockney's dogs get special treatment, of course, because he is a great artist. They are perfect. Still, one longs to know what a Hockney of something like "h on Mulholland Drive." would look like. Or even better, a Piero della Francesca-esque treatment maybe: "Dachshund Sleeping Next to Henry Geldzahler."
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Format: Paperback
I remember when this book came out in hardback. I wanted it but the price was out of my budget at the time. I was so excited when I saw this come up on Amazon. I snapped it up right away. The paintings are charming and heartfelt. I love it!
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By A. Coby on May 2, 2010
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Wonderful book of Mr. Hockney's dogs. He captured just the right nuances in their look and pose. The book was priced well and in good condition. It was a little treat in a bigger gift for a friend. Of course she loved it.
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By B. E. Taylor on April 2, 2012
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I hadn't even heard of David Hockney before a friend recommended this adorable book! I was NOT disappointed, being a HUGE fan of anything DACHSHUND - including the 3 who currently own me.
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