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

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

by Mike Venezia
 

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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

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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 his unconventional painting style.

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School Library Journal
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 .

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780516422718
Publisher:
Scholastic Library Publishing
Publication date:
09/28/1988
Series:
Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.76(w) x 9.52(h) x 0.08(d)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

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