Rene Magritte: Now You See It - Now You Don't

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-Some readers may be unsatisfied by the narrow focus of these slim volumes, but for others they may be just the ticket to nudge them into the world of fine art. Appealing layouts and the numerous, good-quality, full-color reproductions of the paintings are the strong points here. Pieter Bruegel examines the artist's The Tower of Babel. The text focuses more on Antwerp in the 16th century and the biblical story on which the painting is based than it does on Bruegel's life. A fair portion of the book is a tour of the tower lead by a stonemason depicted in the painting. An interesting section provides reproductions of other artist's interpretations of this subject. Now You See It discusses how Rene Magritte translated the sense of mystery he felt about ordinary objects to the canvas. Many full-page reproductions of his work are included. No mention is made of other surrealists. These introductory books may create more questions than they answer, making them ideal to spark classroom discussion or kick off bigger research projects.-Torrie Hodgson, Burlington Public Library, WA
Kirkus Reviews
In the Adventures in Art series (see Jockel, above), an introduction to Magritte that explains how some art tries to represent the real world, while other art purposely shows impossible things, and how Ren‚ Magritte used realism to portray the imaginary. By placing common objects in unexpected places (a locomotive emerging from a fireplace, or a rock floating with a cloud above the ocean), Magritte showed viewers how even ordinary things became surreal. Other paintings, e.g., Magritte's famous pipe, labeled "This is not a pipe," explored the relationship of words and images. Wenzel probes each work carefully, explaining how Magritte's paintings encourage viewers to question what they see. Large full-color reproductions allow readers to examine these mysterious works on their own, while the inclusion of a short biography and several black-and-white photographs of Magritte, his family, and his home offer a sense of the artist separate from his work. (Nonfiction. 8-11)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783791318738
  • Publisher: Prestel Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/28/1998
  • Series: Adventures in Art Series
  • Pages: 30
  • Sales rank: 1,025,034
  • Age range: 9 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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