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The Young Artist Hardcover – September 29, 1989

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Grade 2-4-- Adrian Van der Weld is gifted, but angrily rejects portrait painting when his first commission fails to jibe with the sitter's view of himself. He wants to paint landscapes; "big paintings of the trees, the clouds, and the royal castle." When he is summoned to the castle, however, he is commanded to paint a group portrait of all 27 courtiers. Defying their demands that he "improve" their present appearance for the portrait, Adrian spends two years stalling and painting portraits of the king's pretty little daughter. This unprofessional behavior is, however, rewarded by the infatuated father: Adrian is given land and a house (not the daughter), and returns to landscape. The Young Artist looks like a picture book. It has 16 glossy "high art" paintings, most of them alluding to 17-century Dutch landscapes and interiors. It lacks, however, both the integration of illustration and text that characterizes true picture books and a clear sense of its audience. The story is sophisticated, despite some weaknesses (how could Adrian, raised "near the royal castle," be completely unaware that "the king was feared throughout the land?"). More seriously, the central conflict is historically questionable. Ideas about landscape painting (particularly that it is more "honest" than portrait painting, a Romantic 19th-century notion), crucial to the story, are not appropriate to the specific time and place evoked by the illustrations. --Patricia Dooley, University of Washington, Seattle
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dial; 1st edition (September 29, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803706251
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803706255
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 20 x 20 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,678,556 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
This beautiful picturebook is the story of an old Dutch artist's young apprentice, a boy who is so talented at such a young age that the king himself commissions him to come to court to paint a portrait of all the nobles.
Adrian, the apprentice, has learned the art of capturing true likenesses on canvas, and it is for this that the king admires him so. But people don't often like to see their real faces, and when Adrian finishes the portrait the nobles and ladies of the court, they all gather to abuse him for "misrepresenting" them in image and they try to force him to change the portrait to be more flattering- and untruthful.
The Young Artist is a wonderful story about artistic integrity and the meaning of success. It is accompanied by truly magical pictures, created by a man who is himself a master artist. I love the story, but Locker's paintings for his story are what make this book an enduring favorite of mine. I highly recommend that anyone interested in children's literature find and read this and anything else by Thomas Locker they can get their hands on!
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Format: Paperback
A nice story, little bit of fairy tale appeal to it, with the young artist painting idealistically rather than commercially, paintings of the princess, the king's daughter. The paintings in this book make it appear to be an actual biography of a serious English artist. However, the book is fiction, the story is interesting and holds your attention, with an interesting few unexpected twists, turns and climax.

It is a good book for school in that the young artist has very high ideals about art, that he sticks too, because he can't bring himself to paint just for money. The story plot has a kind of Daniel in the Lion's Den feel to it. I'd recommend it for grade school children who can read from 3rd grade to 6th grade. It's a nice book, easy to read and a very nice story. It helps direct a child's psyche towards high ideals and towards interest in art.

I read it from a 5th grade classroom, have seen the book in other classrooms, and the class here has a large number of copies for the students.
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By A Customer on May 25, 2000
Format: Paperback
In this book Thomas Locker has created a young artist, who must make the choices that will define his career. Locker uses these choice and their consequences to teach his readers a valuable lesson about success. Along with the enchanting story comes a series of pictures, the beauty of which is unrivaled in most story books today. Because of the quality both of the text and the illustrations, this is truely a book that can be enjoyed by readers of all ages.
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A Kid's Review on September 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Adrian is a boy who has high hopes of becoming an artist.So he goes to an artist's house so he can be taught more.He paints some portraits and landscapes there.He became a good apprentice.One day a messenger arrives with a letter for Adrian.It commanded Arian to appear at the court.He wonderded why the king wanted to see him.The king decided that Adrian would paint a paint a large painting of members of his court.Adrian could not be disturbed and could take as much time as he needed.When Adrian was going to paint eveyone they got mad and orderd him around.Except for the little princess.Adrian wasn't happy.He didn't paint for six months.He warmed up by doing sketches and portraits of the princess.He did a lot of them.The noblemen and noblewomen grew impatient to see their painting.The courtiers banded together and climed the stairs to the studio.They and the king saw all the beautiful paintings of Princess Helena.The king rewarded him for the beautiful pictures and told everyone they would be painted hoe they looked.The king was so happy with Adrian's work so he gave him a fine house near his family's mill.

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I think this was an okay book.It definately was an easy read.I would recommend this book to anyone who has high hopes of becoming an artist.Maybe this book just wasn't for me.
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Format: Hardcover
The story of Adrian the painting apprentice is one that children will need a little help understanding but that is what the guide to a young reader should do. The concept of being true to oneself might not be easily understood or specifically it's consequences. However, with a few comical, distorted faces the young learner will probably understand why some people objected to being painted as they are seen for portraits. This story is a lesson on following your own dream and being true to yourself no matter how great the resistance. The true beauty of this childs book is the delightful pictures that are like mini works of art recalling the Dutch masters. The lighting, the miniscule detail, the shading and brilliantly painted landscapes are geared more for the adult eyes appreciation but a youngster who is a budding artist will be enthralled with the wonderfully painted pictures. This is one of many beautiful childrens arts books that are written and illustrated by Mr Locker. All ages can enjoy the superb illustrations found in this book. Recomended for the young reader who has an eye for art or the parent or teacher who wants to promote a young artists vistas.
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