A summer reading list for budding artists and art historians
By Géraldine Elschner; Illustrations by Rémi Saillard
AMAZON POWELLS INDIEBOUNDIn this quirky text, George, a sheep, develops a condition that causes him to shrink to the size of a mouse when he gets wet.To remedy George’s peculiar malady, his shepherd, Leo, creates a series of Leonardo da Vinci–inspired contraptions to help him stay dry.They include an army tank, a set of mechanical bird wings, and an aerodynamic parachute. Will any of Leo’s machines keep George from shrinking?
Friedman’s imaginative book explains how Matisse began creating paper cut-outs. As the story goes, the artist was so captivated by the birds, fish, and plant life he saw on a trip to Tahiti that he replicated their forms using cut-paper shapes.After many experiments, he realized that even the paper scraps and blank wall space in his studio could be put to use. Matisse eventually transformed his workspace into a whimsical paradise filled with paper silhouettes of exotic flora and fauna.This book is being published in conjunction with Tate Modern’s current exhibition “Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs,” which will travel to MoMA in the fall.
Picasso at school, Emily rearranges the objects in her room so that they are as jumbled as the composition of a Picasso painting and wants to change her name so that it is as long as the Spanish artist’s (Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso).But when Emily’s parents separate, she becomes sad and loses her interest in art. Then her teacher gives the class a lesson on collages made by Braque and Picasso, and Emily begins to understand that her family’s new arrangement is like a collage—complete and beautiful in its own way.
The Bunny Book
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Kutschbach identifies one object or theme from a painting, sculpture, or drawing—the long hair of Degas’s Woman at Her Toilette, the touching fingertips from Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam fresco, the forest in Gauguin’s Landscape with Blue Tree Trunks, for example—and translates it into twelve languages, including Japanese, Russian, Spanish, Arabic, and German.Through the more than 50 famous pieces presented here, which include works by Caillebotte, Hokusai, van Gogh, and Picasso, Kutschbach helps early readers grasp their first words and first works of art.
Impressionism chapter, for example, describes the technology that allowed late-19th-century artists to work outdoors, and provides examples of iconic plein air works by Renoir and Monet.Finger’s book is the 16th title in Prestel’s “13” series of early art books, which includes introductions to famous women artists, British artists, photographs, and art mysteries.
About Two Squares
By El Lissitzky; Afterword by Odile Belkeddar
Edward Hopper.The story follows the artist through his days as a lanky, art-loving teen who was called “Grasshopper” by his classmates to his time as a starving artist living in a fifth-floor walk-up apartment in New York City. Despite setbacks, Hopper stays true to his passion, painting idyllic country homes, lush seascapes, and mysterious scenes of New York at night.