Synopses & Reviews
Swiss artist Paul Klee (1879and#150;1940) especially liked the style and characters he saw in childrenand#8217;s paintings. He once said he borrowed ideas for his own work from the way children used shapes, lines, and colors to conjure up a new world on a sheet of paper.
This fun and imaginative activity book borrows Kleeand#8217;s ideas back, encouraging children to use their artistic instinct and get creative. Some of the drawings invite new characters, and others introduce Kleeand#8217;s ownand#151;the tightrope walker! the ventriloquist! the angry leopard!and#151;as well as inspiring other ideas like tracing and cutting out, playing with and expanding on Kleeand#8217;s own paintings.
Sparking endless possibilities, this activity book is an ideal and immersive introduction to an accessible modern artist.
For most people, the name Edvard Munch (1863-1944) is synonymous with his iconic painting The Scream (1893). Yet beyond this justly famous masterpiece, the prolific Norwegian artist was also a major figure in the development of 20th-century painting. The themes of desolation and despair in his most popular work resonated with those coming to terms with modernity and acted as an influential precursor to the Expressionist movement in Europe. This concise and inviting book offers a perfect introduction to Munchs work, including his etchings, woodcuts, lithographs, and set designs. It also details his tragic childhood, his travels in Europe during the emergence of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, and his circle of friends.
French artist Henri Matisse (1869andndash;1954) is commonly regarded, along with Pablo Picasso and Marcel Duchamp, as one of the three artists who helped to define the revolutionary artistic developments of the opening decades of the 20th century. His mastery of the expressive language of color and drawing, displayed in a body of work spanning over a half-century, has won him recognition as a leading figure in the development of modern art.
About the Author
Anja Edelmann is a designer who has worked in theater, museums, performance, and film. She has developed and designed a number of art books for children on behalf of Nationalgalerie, Berlin, and runs art projects in cooperation with Berlin schools and museums.