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Colors Hardcover – April 1, 1991


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The director of the Department of Education at New York's Museum of Modern Art uses 19 paintings, photos, and other works of art from that collection to explore the uses of color: to convey mood; to create pure designs, or realistic or imaginary scenes; to represent the play of light; etc. The art is well chosen to demonstrate the ideas suggested; consideration of the paintings, together with Yenawine's many queries (``Look closely at this [Seurat] to see little dots of color. See how they blend together when you move back?''), will, as intended, start young museum-goers on the road to informed appreciation. The questions do seem didactically insistent, especially in the other titles in this new series (Lines; Shapes; Stories), and buying all four is an expensive proposition; still, excellent concept books. Full citations for the art are included. (Nonfiction. 6-10) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (April 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385302541
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385302548
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,420,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Theoni Lussos on April 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover
A lovely little art book that really highlights the artistic elements for young children. It is a superb way to introduce kids to artistic concepts and famous artists. Philip Yenawine, then (1983-1993) the director of education for The Museum of Modern Art in NYC gives captions to various artistic themes which tend to be punchy: The World is Full of Colors which I uploaded is paired with Signac's Against the Enamel of a Background Rhythmic with Beats and Angles, Tones and Colors, Portrait of M Felix Feneon in 1890. This idea continues throughout the book with other taglines describing types of art "Colors can be sad" (Picasso). "Colors can be quiet" (Steichen) all with equally fantastic examples of the mood in the caption. I highly recommend it even for someone a little older who needs to get kickstarted back into painting again.
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