THE PAINTER AND THE BIRD by Max Velthuijs

THE PAINTER AND THE BIRD

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KIRKUS REVIEW

About a love affair between an artist and his work, and what happens when a rich man buys a poor painter's favorite piece -- the picture of a ""strange and wonderful"" bird who is then so lonely for his creator that he flies right out of the canvas. After a stopover at the zoo the bird finds his way home, and as the rich man has since returned the picture (for there is no longer a bird in it) the two friends live on happily as before, with the bird just popping out of the picture now and then to stretch his wings. The notion is more whimsical than fraught with meaning, but Velthuijs' disarmingly simple telling complements his childlike, posterish paintings as agreeably as the man and his bird do each other.

Pub Date: March 15th, 1975
Publisher: Addison-Wesley