Ada’s Violin by Susan Hood: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay

Susan Hood, Ada’s Violin. The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay. Illustrated by Sally Wern Comport Published 2016 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 40p   I was impressed with this book and with the real story that had inspired Susan Hood to write it. I read it last night to Ema,… Continue reading Ada’s Violin by Susan Hood: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay

Antony Penrose: The boy who bit Picasso

Antony Penrose, The Boy Who Bit Picasso Published 2010 by Thames & Hudson, 48p My name is Tony. When I was a little boy, living on a farm in Sussex in England, I had the most extraordinary friend. He had deep black eyes, a big wide smile, and absolutely amazing hands. His hands were absolutely… Continue reading Antony Penrose: The boy who bit Picasso

Matisse’s Garden by Samantha Friedman, illustrated by Cristina Amodeo: an exploration of the artist’s final years dedicated to printmaking, paper cut-outs and “construction by means of colour”

Samantha Friedman, Matisse’s Garden. Illustrations by Cristina Amodeo. With reproductions of artworks by Henri Matisse Published 2014 by The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 48p   One of the things that I hope I will manage to do in the near future is to visit The Museum of Modern Art in New York; I… Continue reading Matisse’s Garden by Samantha Friedman, illustrated by Cristina Amodeo: an exploration of the artist’s final years dedicated to printmaking, paper cut-outs and “construction by means of colour”

Grayson Perry reflects on contemporary art, discussing its evolution and final purpose in a work claiming that anybody can have a life in the arts – Playing to the Gallery. Helping contemporary art in its struggle to be understood

Grayson Perry, Playing to the Gallery. Helping contemporary art in its struggle to be understood Published 2014 by Particular Books (Penguin), 136p I decided to read Playing to the Gallery hoping to find an answer to a common situation when I walk in a contemporary art museum, I wander around and I realize that some… Continue reading Grayson Perry reflects on contemporary art, discussing its evolution and final purpose in a work claiming that anybody can have a life in the arts – Playing to the Gallery. Helping contemporary art in its struggle to be understood

Jazz by Henri Matisse: the painter’s final tribute to colours, a collection of cut-outs that captures Matisse’s sensibility and his fascination with both form and meaning

Henri Matisse, Jazz Published 1992 by George Braziller, 96p. Text translated by Sophie Hawkes   Jazz is rhythm and meaning. Henri Matisse Icarus found his death disobeying his father’s warning and going too close to the sun. The light and the beauty of the star absorbed him and Icarus tried the impossible, aiming to reach… Continue reading Jazz by Henri Matisse: the painter’s final tribute to colours, a collection of cut-outs that captures Matisse’s sensibility and his fascination with both form and meaning

The Iridescence of Birds: A book about Henri Matisse and the way childhood influenced his art

Patricia MacLachlan, The Iridescence of Birds. A Book About Henri Matisse. Pictures by Hadley Hooper Printed 2014 by Roaring Brook Press, 40p   Matisse first started to paint in his early twenties during a period of convalescence when his mother brought him paint supplies but his formation as an artist had actually begun many years… Continue reading The Iridescence of Birds: A book about Henri Matisse and the way childhood influenced his art

Linnea in Monet’s Garden – a beautiful art lesson on Impressionism, Claude Monet and his paintings

Christina Björk, Linnea in Monet’s Garden. Drawings by Lena Anderson Published 1987 by R&S Books. Originally published in Swedish in 1985 by Rabén & Sjögren, 52p. Translated by Joan Sandin   Although Linnea was born in 1985, I am sure the new generations of children will still find inspiration in her behavior and preoccupations. I… Continue reading Linnea in Monet’s Garden – a beautiful art lesson on Impressionism, Claude Monet and his paintings