Picasso: Soul on Fire

Picasso: Soul on Fire


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Finalist for the 2005/2006 Hackmatack Award

Shortlist for the Amelia Francis Howard-Gibbon Book Award

Finalist in the Nautilus 2005 Book Awards

Modern art has a language, and when it is learned it opens the door to treasure. In Picasso: Soul on Fire, Rick Jacobson and Laura Fernandez present more than the story of the painter’s life. They provide young readers with the tools with which to understand his work. Picasso was an expert draftsman – his rendering of pigeons’ feet by the time he was eleven was so detailed that his artist father recognized the boy’s genius and stopped painting. But he took art much further, using emotions to redefine the way we see. His sense of joy infused his Rose Period. His sadness over the loss of a friend is reflected in his famous Blue Period. His viewing of an African mask made him reexamine his ideas of shape.

This beautifully illustrated homage is a splendid introduction to modern art.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781770492639
Publisher: Tundra
Publication date: 06/14/2011
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 7.70(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range: 10 Years

About the Author

Rick Jacobson and Laura Fernandez are an award-winning design team and illustrators in their own right. Their work appears in corporate and private collections as well as in those of the French Government and The Royal Geographical Society in London, England. Together they operate a studio, the Jacobson Fernandez Partnership. They often work as a team on joint projects, including their twelve published books. Rick and Laura live in Toronto with their three children.

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Picasso: Soul on Fire 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
ElizaJane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reason for Reading: I enjoy picture book biographies. Personally, I do not enjoy Picasso's artwork myself but he was a very intriguing personality and his life is certainly an interesting one to read about and I wondered just what a children's biography would focus on mostly.This is a brief tale of Picasso's life which details his childhood and early years of artwork that brought him up to his influences which finally brought about his first piece of cubism, Les Demoiselles d'Avignon. Then it goes on to explain what he was trying to capture in this strange new art form, talks about his famous piece on the Spanish Civil War, Guernica, and ends with this passion and obsession of painting. The very end of the book presents a timeline of his life.Honestly, I found the story a tad boring, very fast paced, not giving enough info on Picasso's life but spending more time describing his artwork. Aside from the reproduction of Guernica, the other few examples of Picasso's art could be called more like thumbprints in the top corners of pages and there were certainly not enough examples of his faces, which he is so well known for when one hears the name Picasso, to give a good representation of his art. On the other hand, the book's artists Jacobson and Fernandez have done a brilliant job creating a beautiful picture book that calls back the time period of Picasso's hey days. Not the best book for actually seeing Picasso's art but an OK story about the man.