Picasso (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists Series)

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An excellent introduction to celebrated artists and their work. Full-color reproductions of the actual paintings are enhanced by Venezia's clever illustrations and story line. Young readers will look at the different paintings and see how the artists' style changed over the years. More important, the reader can enjoy a light, yet realistic overview of the life of each artist.

Always trying new and different things, Picasso shocked people with ...

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Overview

An excellent introduction to celebrated artists and their work. Full-color reproductions of the actual paintings are enhanced by Venezia's clever illustrations and story line. Young readers will look at the different paintings and see how the artists' style changed over the years. More important, the reader can enjoy a light, yet realistic overview of the life of each artist.

Always trying new and different things, Picasso shocked people with his unconventional painting style.

Briefly examines the life and work of the renowned twentieth-century artist, describing and giving examples from his various periods or styles.

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ea. vol: illus. by author. 32p. photogs. reprods. (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists Series). CIP. Childrens. 1988. PLB $9.95. Gr 1-3 Despite the current trend to introduce music, literature, and art to very young children, these books serve to illustrate the limitations of such efforts. Here the lives and works of two brilliant and revolutionary painters have been reduced to a series of basic facts and cliches. Children reading these books will get less biographic information than could be found in an encyclopedia and no insight into the unique vision and talent that made these artists important. Venezia's analysis of the artists' style is simplistiche attributes Picasso's blue period to depression over the death of a friend and his rose period to a new love. He makes no attempt to explain the principals of Cubism, focusing on the peculiarities of the images rather than the ideas behind them. His treatment of Rembrandt's work is equally shallow, describing the objects pictured rather than the artist's interpretation. Although he mentions the variety of brush strokes in one Rembrandt painting, he spends more time pointing out the spilled glasses of wine in the painting and never mentions Rembrandt's signature use of light and shadow or the richness and warmth of his color. In addition to reproductions of the paintings, captioned cartoons illustrate the text. The combination of jokes and simplicity creates an overall sense of condescension. Those wishing to introduce children to the works of these artists should wait until they are old enough for Ernest Raboff's fine biographic interpretation (Lippincott). Eleanor K. MacDonald, Beverly Hills Public Lib .
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  • Posted May 21, 2009

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    Great as an introductory art book!

    We were first introduced to this book about Pablo Picasso in our Gymboree art class. My 3 yr old was really interested in the pictures and so I ran out and bought her her own copy. All she talked about for a month was Pablo Picasso's Blue Period, cubism, Rose Period, etc, etc. She carried her book with her everywhere. The pictures are really engaging and the story is easy to read. I have since bought her other art books which she really enjoys as well. If you want to introduce your child to art, this is a great introductory book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2007

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    I am near the end of high school now, but as I was growing up, I always read these books with my parents, and it always strikes me now how wonderful they were, in inspiring interest and productivity (we were always compelled to do art after reading these books, or after seeing the exhibits featuring these artists and their contemporaries). I strongly recommend these to all parents who love museums, and would love their children to enjoy them just as much as they do.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2004

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    This book is fantastic! What a great way to introduce your children to the world's Great Artist. My four year old daughter, Daria, can't wait to visit the Picaso museum with me in France... Neither can I!

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