Readers can come face to face with an astonishing creative spirit in this beautiful book for children about Picasso, his journey as an artist, and how he painted his iconic work, Guernica Picasso's artistic genius was clear from childhood. This outstanding book begins with the doves young Pablo painted with his father when he was only seven, then highlights his later passions for harlequins and street people, bulls and minotaurs, new ways of seeing, and new ways of rendering life. All of these contributed to the massive work 1937 Guernica, painted as a protest against the bombing of defenseless civilians and against the brutality of war everywhere. It is a biography of both an epoch-making artist and a unique painting that resonated with the outrage of people around the world. Not just a beautiful book, with many working drawings, photographs, and full-color paintings, this is also a fascinating insight into the creative process. At the heart of the book is the complete work, spread across an eight-page gatefold.
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Alain Serres is a former kindergarten teacher and a childrens book publisher.From School Library Journal :
Starred Review. Grade 4–8—In 1937, civilians in the Basque town of Guernica were the target of an attack unlike any that the world had seen. Hundreds of defenseless people were killed or wounded as German bombers and Italian planes attacked. Picasso was in France, but he soon heard about what had happened in his native Spain. He spent the next month creating a large painting entitled Guernica to express his pain. A reproduction of the piece, which is more than 25 feet in length, is included as a foldout. The black, white, and gray forms convey fear and death, but also hope. Conversational text places the painting in its historical context, while vivid images of Picasso's other paintings show how it fits into his body of work. The contrast between the bright diamond shapes of Harlequin (1915) and the monochromatic Guernica causes readers to pause, considering the deep sadness Picasso felt for his people. Then, the artist's return to colorful and fun creations is shown through Girl with Boat (1938) and other paintings. Color reproductions are of excellent quality and appear alongside black-and-white photographs of the artist at work. A series of sketches and photos of Guernica shows how the painting developed. This history lesson, with its biographical details, will help readers to understand how art can help us all to process the pain of war.—Lisa Glasscock, Columbine Public Library, Littleton, CO
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Description du livre Allen & Unwin, 2010. Hardcover. État : New. N° de réf. du libraire P111741759943