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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
And Picasso Painted Guernica
by Alain Serres
Age Range: 9-11
A truly sumptuous picture book biography published by Frances Lincoln about the life of Picasso and the creation of his anti-war masterpiece Guernica. Picasso's artistic genius was clear from childhood and his progress is chronicled from the age of seven, when he produced his first painting of doves, throughout his long career.
Picasso’s massive work Guernica – a 7 metre canvas – was painted in 1937 as a protest against the bombing of civilians during the Spanish Civil War and it has became an enduring symbol against the brutality of war everywhere. French author Alain Serres takes the reader through every stage of the painting. Step-by-step he shows how this extraordinary piece of work was created. From Picasso’s first rough drawing on 1 May 1937 to the finishing touches on 4 June 1937 when the painting became ready for the world to see.
He skilfully tells the story of Picasso’s life using clear and simple text, while managing to convey the complex political event that brought about the creation of Guernica – a dark black and white mass of paint and anguish – and follows Picasso’s career as he progressed back to the power of colour in his work. The text is accompanied by high quality colour reproductions of Picasso’s paintings.
An excellent book for use in the classroom as an introduction to Picasso’s work but will also be popular with readers (both children and adults) who are interested in art.