If da Vinci Painted a Dinosaur
In this sequel to If Picasso Painted a Snowman, Amy Newbold conveys nineteen artists’ styles in a few deft words, while Greg Newbold’s chameleon-like artistry shows us Edgar Degas’ dinosaur ballerinas, Cassius Coolidge’s dinosaurs playing poker, Hokusai’s dinosaurs surfing a giant wave, and dinosaurs smelling flowers in Mary Cassatt’s garden; grazing in Grandma Moses’ green valley; peeking around orchids in Frida Kahlo’s portrait; tiptoeing through Baishi’s inky bamboo; and cavorting, stampeding, or hiding in canvases by Henri Matisse, Andy Warhol, Diego Rivera, Franz Marc, Harrison Begay, Alma Thomas, Aaron Douglas, Mark Rothko, Lois Mailou Jones, Marguerite Zorach, and Edvard Munch. And, of course, striking a Mona Lisa pose for Leonardo Da Vinci. As in If Picasso Painted a Snowman, our guide for this tour is an engaging hamster who is joined in the final pages by a tiny, beret-topped Tyrannosaurus. Thumbnail biographies of the artists identify their iconic works, completing this tour of the creative imagination.
What a charming, clever way to introduce young students to the world of master artists and their unique styles that were characteristic of the art genres they were known to produce. Samples of various art forms include common objects children can relate to…snowman, dinosaur, or monster. Explore a cross section of what a snowman looks like painted by famous Cubism artist Picasso, or Impressionist Monet, or by Surrealist Salvador Dali. See how diversely fun and expressive these different art styles were in the vibrant paintings throughout. Quick biographies are offered in the back of the books for every artist featured. 40 pgs, hc. ~ Emily