Picasso

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A Comprehensive, informative and highly readable introduction to the world of Picasso.

Part of an 10 book art history series, featuring some of the world's most well known and popular artists. Beautiful images allow the reader to see the various works that the artists created during the different stages of their lives. Engaging accounts of the people and inspiration behind some of the world's most famous paintings.

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Overview

A Comprehensive, informative and highly readable introduction to the world of Picasso.

Part of an 10 book art history series, featuring some of the world's most well known and popular artists. Beautiful images allow the reader to see the various works that the artists created during the different stages of their lives. Engaging accounts of the people and inspiration behind some of the world's most famous paintings.

Books in the Essential Artist series include: Cezanne, Gaugiun, Monet, Renoir, Degas, Manet, Michelangelo, Picasso,Van Gogh, Rembrandt.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kristin Harris
The "Essential Artist" series comprises brief volumes about Picasso, Van Gogh, Rembrandt, and Michelangelo. The books focus on four aspects of each artist's life and work; the history and art of the period in which they lived; the artist's life circumstances; specific examples of their work; and what their influence has been over time. No artist works in a vacuum, and it is fascinating to be reminded how the political history of an era affected the artists and their work. Picasso came of age as an artist in a time of great change. The old ruling classes of Europe were being swept away during a time of great invention, scientific discovery, and challenges to the status quo. Picasso made artwork that broke with the past just as much as the inventions of his day. His work Les Demoiselles d'Avignon was a new way of painting, freeing artists from the tyranny of representational art. Picasso was lucky to have support for his work from an early age. His life and career spanned almost a century, during which he worked with many different media in a variety of styles. He is revered as the most important artist of the twentieth century because his work represents a radical change in the course of Western art. This book includes more than 100 reproductions of Picasso's life and work. Reviewer: Kristin Harris
Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
British art historian Spence brings his expertise to this "Great Artists of the World" series, exploring each artist's life, vision, and influence in a busy format combining text and reproductions on white backgrounds. This volume introduces Pablo Picasso, born in Malaga, Spain, into a rapidly changing world. Taught at first by his father, Picasso demonstrated his talent early. By 1900 he had moved on to Barcelona, then London and Paris, where he encountered many new influences in the work of Matisse, Lautrec, Cezanne, and Leger. Quickly absorbing these, Picasso established a style of his own and never looked back. Viewers can see images from his many periods: "Blue," "Rose," and (developed with his friend Georges Braque) Cubism. The African-influenced Les Demoiselles d'Avignon changed 20th century art forever. Picasso had a long and prolific life, always experimenting with new ideas: collage, Cubist sculpture, found objects, Cubist scene and costume design (for Eric Satie's ballet Parade). Created in 1937 to protest a Fascist attack on a Spanish village, the savage mural Guernica may be his best-known painting. In his lifetime, Picasso's work, even quick line drawings of his trademark dove, commanded high prices; today there are Picasso museums in both Barcelona and Paris. This series is a contraction in size of an earlier set—"Ticktock Essential Artists," 2009 ()—with added pages including Fascinating Facts, a timeline, artist quotations, analysis of one work (Still Life with Chair-Caning), lists of museums displaying Picasso's work, and a bibliography of books and websites. Though the unattractive hard covers make these volumes more durable for libraries, reduction in size has caused crowded pages, very small fonts, and reproductions cut by tight gutters (this volume is less marred than others). The extreme difference in price may also be a factor in deciding which series to purchase. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846969782
  • Publisher: Octopus Books
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Series: Essential Artists Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

David Spence is a graduate of the Royal College of Art and a manager at the National Maritime Museum.

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