BUCOLIC BOVINES: The Cow in Western Surface Design

Jeffers, Grace
April 1997
Surface Design Journal;Spring97, Vol. 21 Issue 3, p26
Trade Publication
The article discusses the cow as a symbol in art. According to the article, the image of the cow has undergone a shift from potent folk symbol to its current use as a decorative motif. The cow is now seen as a symbol for the country, which is in turn seen as a romantic solution for the problems of modern urban existence. Also discussed is the image of the silly cow, which is actually a symbol for a human that is embraced because cows are seen as innocents and therefore exempt from the formal laws governing human behavior.


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