The Painter Who Loved Chickens.
Olivier Dunrea. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1995.
Hardcover, unpaged, $15.00.
Perhaps the moral of this gentle tale is "Hard work is its own
reward." The rewardee is a moderatelY successful painter who
becomes obsessive in his desire to paint only chickens. The full-page
gouache pictures depict his mundane life, and each facing text page
includes a portrait of a breed of chicken, images he creates but
can't sell. The flat, rather decorative illustrations document his
rise to fame when he gets a rich patron who pays him enough to buy a
farm to raise and paint all sorts of chickens.