In "A Bird Or Two" Le Tord introduces young readers to the beloved painter, Henri Matisse. Her delightful illustrations capture the spirit and style of Matisse's art. 32 pages in hardcover from Eerdmans. For ages 3 and up.
Bijou Le Tord's delightful illustrations capture the vivid colors of the beloved painter Henri Matisse, and her poetic words sing to the music of his pictures.
Gr 2-5-This lovely tribute to the father of modern art begins with his move to
Nice, where he created some of his most joyful paintings, until his death at
84. The book is composed of simple statements about his later life and
artwork-"Because of the delicate and bright sun of Nice, Matisse's colors
changed." Occasional quotes from the painter or from his friends illuminate the
joy he took in all the arts-music, dance, sculpture, and, of course, painting
and paper collage. Masterful illustrations filled with the rich colors,
sparkling light, and bold shapes that the artist loved echo his vision of life.
This beautiful creation allows children to experience two gifted
artists-Matisse and Le Tord.-Karen K. Radtke, Milwaukee Public Library
Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Le Tord here does for Matisse what she did for Claude Monet in A Blue
Butterfly: she bends her watercolor style to incorporate suggestions of
Matisse's famous works, and her scant, poetic text tells readers just enough to
kindle an appreciation for Matisse's genius. The artist is already old and
accomplished when he is introduced here, newly arrived in Nice and influenced
by the extraordinary light. His colors change; his friends say, "He paints/ the
sunshine/ everyday./.../ He works/ joyfully,/ with a light/ heart." Le Tord's
sun-steeped art brings out that lightness of heart: her portraits of Matisse
radiate his happiness and sense of play. While her versions of his paintings
are more a blending of her style and his (as opposed to imitation), they
capture Matisse's optimism. She doesn't give much in the way of facts (not even
saying where, exactly, Nice is located), but when she declares that "Matisse/
made us/ `hear'/ with our/ eyes/ the music/ he painted/ in his/ pictures," her
meaning comes through loud and clear--there is music in her work, too. All
ages. (Oct.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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