- Shopping Bag ( 0 items )
Children's LiteratureThis large, richly illustrated book is a marvelous introduction to the work of an important late nineteenth century painter, the pointillist Georges Seurat. Few other painters are so defined in the mind of the public by a single work as Seurat is by his monumental A Sunday on La Grande Jatte — 1884. Robert Burleigh, who has written many successful children's books, takes the young reader on a stroll through the park-like setting of the monumental painting where people, dogs, monkeys, trees and shadows all add their color to the rich fabric of the work. Burleigh explains the conception that inspired the painting and the careful sketches and preliminary studies before Seurat did the actually painting. He describes and illustrates the pointillism that Seurat developed as a key to his search for a distinct personal style. Several later paintings in the same style are also illustrated. The book is written to engage early and middle readers and it is well suited to being read to one or to a few younger elementary school students since the illustrations are best appreciated up close. The book includes a time-line, glossary and bibliography. Hurrah for Seurat. 2004, Harry N Abrams, Ages 9 to 12.