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Monet and the Impressionists For Kids


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Book Name: Monet and the Impressionists For Kids

Author: Carol Sabbeth

Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Inc.

ISBN: 1-55652-397-1

Cover: Paperback

# of Pages: 140

Illustrations: Color photos

Experience Required: 10+


Book Review:

In the introduction to Monet and the Impressionists for Kids we start to learn about the artists Claude Monet (particularly his frame of mind/way of thinking when it came to painting and how he met the other "rebel artists" (Pierre Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas, Mary Cassatt, Paul Cézanne, Paul Gauguin and Georges Seurat) featured in this book. These seven artists all took part in at least one Impressionist exhibition. Other artists we will learn about are Edouard Manet and Vincent van Gogh. They were also part of the Impressionist movement. For an overview of the lives of the seven Impressionist artists and the events that occurred and even influenced their lives and art you can read the interesting timeline that precedes the Introduction to the book.

There are activities in each chapter including the chapter on The Impressionists as a group. I like that the activities encourage the reader to experiment with different mediums (i.e. combining magazine pictures with acrylic paints to create something new) like the artists we are learning about did when they first started as Impressionists. A couple of the activities included in this book are recipes. A recipe for Twelfth Night Cake has a connection with the artist Renoir. Renoir painted The Ball at the Moulin de la Galette and the restaurant, Moulin de la Galette was named after a cake they served called Galette des Rois (Twelfth Night Cake). The other recipe, Seurat Sugar Cookies, can be decorated in Georges Seurat's style of painting.

In each chapter dedicated to an artist there is a small section called Art Detective. In it is an outline of some of the characteristics specific to the art of each artist, for example, "How to Spot a Monet - Water lilies! Monet spent his last 20 years painting water lilies.", "How to spot a Cassatt - Girl with red hair! That's Mary's sister, Lydia - one of her favorite models" and "How to Spot a Gauguin - Writing on Pictures! Often, the picture's title is written somewhere on the painting." In each chapter we also learn how the artists got started as artists, high (and low) points of their careers, how they met other artists (i.e. Degas met Manet when Degas was copying a painting at the Louvre), where they lived and worked during their lifetimes as well as the influences on their art.

Interesting little bits of trivia such as the highest price for a painting (a Japanese businessman named Ryoei Saito bought Vincent van Gogh's Portrait of Dr. Gachet for 82.5 million dollars) and how Cézanne traded his artwork for food to feed his family and for tubes of paint because his father cut his allowance appear throughout the book. This is just a little hint of the fascinating background behind the work the artists we are learning about.

Favorites:

  • Impression, Me
  • Painting the Shimmering Sky
  • Painting Reflections
  • Paper White Lily
  • How to Draw a Face
  • Every Picture Tells a Story
  • Stenciling Cézanne

Overall Rating:

5/5

Available At:

Amazon.com
Amazon.ca

 

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