And Picasso Painted Guernica

And Picasso Painted Guernica

Book - 2010
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Examines the life and work of Pablo Picasso, covering his early work as a child, later focus on subjects such as street people, bulls, and minotaurs, and eventual creation of "Guernica" in 1937 as a protest against the bombing of the Basque town of the same name during the Spanish Civil War. Includes drawings, photographs, and full-color paintings.
Publisher: Crows Nest, N.S.W. : Allen & Unwin Children's ; London : Frances Lincoln [distributor], 2010
ISBN: 9781741759945
Characteristics: 51 p. : col. ill. ; 35 cm


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Dec 29, 2011

Wow. I so admire what Serres has done here. Too often, we only share "pretty" art with children, but even very young children are aware that there are horrors in the world. To help children understand the role art can play in responding to the terrors of life is really a gift many children need to be given. At the heart Serres book is a powerful discussion of Picasso's artistic process in the creation of Guernica, rich with reproductions of his studies, photographs of the mural in process (taken by Dora Maar) and a four-page fold out of the mural. Serres pursues the question that Picasso pursued: "How to make an image more powerful than the blast of 50 tonnes of bombs?" and helps children to understand the need to create such an image, as well as the "answers" Picasso discarded and those he accepted. Surrounding that "heart," and with an admirable economy of words, Serres sets Picasso and his career within historical, social, and art-historical context. A first rate book for children and adults.


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