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Impressionism was one of the most important artistic movements of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Developed primarily in France, impressionism encouraged painters to capture the “impression” of light and shadow, generally by using feathery dabs of color, rather than outlining shapes on the canvas. Famous artists associated with this school include Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, and Paul Cézanne. Hardcover.
Jessie Willcox Smith Mother Goose for Kids contains ten of her best-known, full-color illustrations of these beloved nursery rhymes, including “Peter, Peter, pumpkin-eater,” “Little Bo-Peep,” and “Ring a-round a rosie,” in a toddler-friendly board-book format. This, the first book in Pelican’s Great Art for Kids Series, features a two-page activity guide for parents.
Henri Matisse (1869-1954) is considered the most important French painter of the 20th century. A master of the use of color, Matisse founded the Fauvist school of painting, whose members were known for using bold and iconoclastic hues. During his long and productive career, Matisse experimented in several other media, most notably collage and stained glass. Hardcover.
Small children are drawn to soft shapes and bright colors. Perhaps that is why Pablo Picasso was one of the most famous artists in the twentieth century. His imaginative portraits and inviting subject matter reach the inner child in all of us. Picasso’s exploration of color, style, and subject matter includes the popular form of Cubism, in which he experiments with geometric shapes, overlapping forms, and an indefinite sense of space.
Renoir for Kids contains 8 reproductions of his favorite paintings, including Young Girls at the Piano and Girl with a Hoop, in a toddler-friendly board book format. Hardcover.
Based on a popular song adapted by the multi-award-winning New Orleans singer-songwriter Johnette Downing, Today Is Monday in Louisiana rhythmically takes readers through a culinary calendar, describing a Louisiana meal a day. Now adapted to board book format for tiny hands, each page presents collaged images of yummy foods. On Monday there are red beans to eat and on Tuesday, po’ boys. On Wednesday gumbo is served, and on it goes, each day bringing another unique and tasty Louisiana dish to share.
Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), considered the greatest Dutch painter after Rembrandt, inspired the Expressionist school of painting. Given the number of his paintings that are now well-known masterpieces, it is staggering to think that his painting career lasted only ten years. His fame is enhanced by his many haunting self-portraits and his suicide at age thirty-seven.
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