Picasso: Soul on Fire

Picasso: Soul on Fire

by Rick Jacobson, Laura Fernandez
     
 

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Modern art has a language, and when it is learned it opens the door to a lifetime of enjoyment and appreciation. In Picasso: Soul on Fire, Rick Jacobson and Laura Fernandez present more than the story of the painter’s life. By exploring his influences and his creative process, they give young readers the tools with which to understand his

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Modern art has a language, and when it is learned it opens the door to a lifetime of enjoyment and appreciation. In Picasso: Soul on Fire, Rick Jacobson and Laura Fernandez present more than the story of the painter’s life. By exploring his influences and his creative process, they give young readers the tools with which to understand his work.

Picasso was certainly an expert draftsman – his rendering of pigeons’ feet by the time he was eleven was so detailed that his artist father recognized the boy’s genius and stopped painting. But he is remembered for taking art in directions that have made us redefine how we see the world. This beautifully illustrated homage is not only an introduction to one of the most important artists of the last century, but a splendid introduction to modern art.

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PRAISE FOR PICASSO: SOUL ON FIRE:
“This eloquent tribute will serve as an introduction to Picasso and to an artist’s inspirations.”
School Library Journal

“…with its unusual portraits and basic introduction to cubism and Picasso’s life, this will be an intriguing addition to the surprisingly slender offerings about the artist for this age group.”
Booklist

“Budding artists will enjoy checking out Picasso: Soul on Fire… Jacobson does a good job of telling not only the details of Picasso’s life but also explaining how he changed from a traditional artist to a revolutionary painter. Laura Fernandez’s illustrations are large and appealing.”
—Winnipeg Free Press
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
This brief biography focuses on the emotional content of the artist's paintings. The death of a young friend motivated Picasso to use blue paints and melancholy figures in the many works that have been labeled his Blue Period. But when he moved to Paris from his native Spain, his spirits lightened and his canvases displayed a palette full of warm tones: his Rose Period. Picasso entered fully into the active artistic lives of the early twentieth century, forming friendships with more established painters like Cezanne. He was also moved to emulate some of the forms he observed in the local exhibitions of African sculpture. From his involvement with these exotic objects came a new style: Cubism, a way of seeing objects by "breaking down what he saw" and reassembling the pieces to gain strong, fresh emotional impact. His visual and emotional response to the wartime tragedy of the city of Guernica is presented in a double-page reproduction with several sentences about its history and an analysis of the symbols used to tell the sad story. Small color reproductions of several works and full-page, naturalistic illustrations of a few events in Picasso's life illuminate the fact-filled text. There is also a time line of his life. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Children's Literature
The Toronto-based husband-and-wife-team of Jacobson and Fernandez combine a basic biography of Pablo Picasso with selected images of his work and their own oil paintings. Keeping their approach simple, they focus on his main periods: the traditional nineteenth-century genre paintings of his youth; his Blue and Rose Periods; and, of course, Cubism. Moving from the first shock of 1907's Les Desmoiselles d'Avignon, to the political bite of 1937's Guernica, the text points out the African influence of the Cubist movement and explains it in understandable ("the images looked like sugar cubes") terms. The new illustrations wisely focus on Picasso's techniques and Picasso the man, so there is no competition with the reproduced works themselves—and the successive portraits of the aging artist are very fine . 2004, Tundra Books, Ages 6 to 10.
—Kathleen Karr

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781770492639
Publisher:
Tundra
Publication date:
06/14/2011
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
10 Years

Meet the Author

RICK JACOBSON has written three children’s books, and with Laura Fernandez, has illustrated seventeen. Together they have won numerous awards for their work, including the Toronto Art Directors’ Awards, Communication ArtsMagazine’s Award of Excellence, American Illustration Award of Excellence, and the New York Art Directors’ Award of Excellence. His commissioned portraits include Margaret Atwood, Robertson Davies, Christopher Ondaatje, and David Thomson. He lives in Toronto, Canada, with his family.

Award-winning illustrator LAURA FERNANDEZ was born in Spain, and immigrated to Canada as a young child. With Rick Jacobson she has won many awards for work in advertising and publishing. Laura Fernandez has illustrated over seventeen published children’s books. She lives in Toronto with her family.

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