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And Picasso Painted Guernica Hardcover – July 21, 2010

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 900L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 52 pages
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin (July 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741759943
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741759945
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 0.4 x 13.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,455,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 6, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I am an elementary teacher in Australia. I saw this book in a bookstore in Sydney and was very impressed with it.It contains many large photos of Picasso's other works as well. I will be buying it through Amazon as it it is only half the price.I only hope that this author publishes more art books like this one. A great teaching resource. Definitely worth the money.
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By Ms Kristin M Earnst on December 30, 2011
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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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