If Picasso Painted a Snowman
From that simple premise flows this delightful, whimsical, educational picture book that shows how the artist’s imagination can summon magic from a prosaic subject. Greg Newbold’s chameleon-like artistry shows us Roy Lichtenstein’s snow hero saving the day, Georgia O’Keefe’s snowman blooming in the desert, Claude Monet’s snowmen among haystacks, Grant Wood’s American Gothic snowman, Jackson Pollock’s snowman in ten thousand splats, Salvador Dali’s snowmen dripping like melty cheese, and snowmen as they might have been rendered by J. M. W. Turner, Gustav Klimt, Paul Klee, Marc Chagall, Georges Seurat, Pablita Velarde, Piet Mondrian, Sonia Delaunay, Jacob Lawrence, and Vincent van Gogh. Our guide for this tour is a lively hamster who?also chameleon-like?sports a Dali mustache on one spread, a Van Gogh ear bandage on the next.
“What would your snowman look like?” the book asks, and then offers a page with a picture frame for a child to fill in. Backmatter thumbnail biographies of the artists complete this highly original tour of the creative imagination that will delight adults as well as children.
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