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Description - Look! by Gillian Wolfe

This exciting art title focuses on how artists use body language to tell stories and say how a person is feeling. Award-winning art writer, Gillian Wolfe, looks at 18 paintings and examines how their faces, hands and bodies give powerful messages.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781845071141
ISBN-10: 184507114X
Format: Paperback
(270mm x 214mm x 5mm)
Pages: 40
Imprint: Frances Lincoln Childrens Books
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
Publish Date: 6-Jan-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Book Reviews - Look! by Gillian Wolfe

US Kirkus Review » Gorgeous reproductions are forced to work within a detrimentally narrow concept. In child-friendly language, Wolfe visually analyzes 18 pieces of fine art, adding exercises and some history. An invitation to "draw on anything - paper, wood, fabric, leather, china, glass, mirror, metal, shells, stones, paving and walls" is inspiring. Unfortunately, the overall premise - examining lines in art - is too confining. The text also explores color, texture, composition and media - all relevant, but chafing under restrictive titles like "delicate lines" or "solid lines." Some terms are misused: e.g., "sketch lines" (calling a delicate drawing a sketch despite its fine, neat lines) and "doodle lines" (a Paul Klee painting isn't a doodle no matter how casual it looks). Matisse collages feature shapes, not "cut-out lines," which would describe only edges without interiors. The author invents technically meaningless terms that describe content rather than form ("leafy lines," "construction lines"). However, art selection (Picasso, Hockney, Rembrandt, van Gogh) is excellent (notable exception: Rousseau's racially inappropriate Tropical Landscape - An American Indian Struggling with an Ape), and readers will savor the striking artwork. (index, art reference) (Nonfiction. 6-10) (Kirkus Reviews)


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Author Biography - Gillian Wolfe

Gillian Wolfe CBE is Director of Learning and Public Affairs at Dulwich Picture Gallery, one of the most renowned private collections in the UK. She also works as a freelance consultant, and has lectured all over the world. Her previous art books for children include My First Art Book, winner of the Parent Choice Silver Honour Award, USA; and Art Activity Book and Children's Art Book, both winners of the Gulbenkian Prize for Best Museum Publications of the Year. Her titles with Frances Lincoln include Look! Zoom in on Art, which won the English Association's Award for the best children's non-fiction book, Look! Body Language in Art, Look! Seeing the Light in Art and Look! Drawing the Line in Art. In 1995, Gillian was awarded an MBE and in 2005 the CBE for services to Arts Education. She lives in South London.

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