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Monkey Painting

by Thierry Lenain

ISBN 1861890036 / 9781861890030 / 1-86189-003-6
Publisher Reaktion Books
Language English
Edition Hardcover
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Towards the end of the 1950s biologists, investigating the question of how art originated, came up with the idea of getting monkeys to paint pictures. Drawing on a large body of historical and scientific evidence, this fascinating book sets out a new interpretation of quasi-artistic behavior in monkeys, showing that there may be a fine line between it and 'true' art.

"[Lenain] cannot help let slip an infectious fascination with our primate cousins ... [he] succeeds in making his book unputdownable"The London Magazine