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A History of Pictures for Children

David Hockney, Martin Gayford


Art history for children from acclaimed duo David Hockney and Martin Gayford, with delightful illustrations by Rose Blake. For ages 7+

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A History of Pictures for Children takes readers on a journey through art history, from early art drawn on cave walls to the images we make today on our computers and phone cameras.

Based on the bestselling book for adults, this children’s edition of A History of Pictures is told through conversations between the artist David Hockney and the author Martin Gayford, who talk about art with inspiring simplicity and clarity. Rose Blake’s illustrations illuminate the narratives to bring the history of art alive for a young audience.

Winner of the prestigious BolognaRagazzi New Horizons Award 2019.

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'Rose’s illustrations illuminate the narratives of both authors'
Digital Arts

'A mesmerising journey through an eclectic mix of artworks'
Picture Books Blogger

'A wonderfully accessible way to help kids frame and contextualise grand works of art'
Two in a Tepee

'A stunning children’s non-fiction book that makes conversations about art history accessible to young people'
Books for Topics

'An incredibly inspiring journey through the evolution of art … illuminating in every way. The most wonderful celebration of contemporary picture making'
The Book Sniffer

'Rose Blake’s illustrations bring the history of art to life'
National Geographic Kids

Angels & Urchins

'An engaging book'
The School Run

'A beautifully produced book that will make art accessible to children, and stimulate their interest'
Parents in Touch

'Fantastic and fascinating'
Minerva Reads

'Vibrant, colourful and hugely inspirational'
Read It Daddy

'This trove of a book is … to be cherished'

'You’ll read it and want to breath an ‘Om’'
Art Review

'A brilliant child-friendly new take on the bestselling book for adults'
Book Bairn

'A beautifully produced book that will bring the history of art alive'
Carousel Magazine

'Makes art history easy to digest and understand'
Jen Campbell, Christmas Gift Guide

'Engaging and very accessible art book for children (and adults)'
Mainstreet Books

'Brilliant ... has prompted lots of interesting conversation about the changing nature of art'

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Product Information

Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 27.9 x 21.6 cm

Extent: 128 pp

Illustrations: 160

Publication date: 6 September 2018

ISBN: 9780500651414

Contents List

Introduction • 1. Thinking About Pictures: Why Do We Make Pictures? • 2. Making Marks: What Makes an Interesting Mark? • 3. Light and Shadows: What is a shadow exactly? • 4. Watch This Space: How Do Artists Set the Scene? • 5. Mirrors and Reflections: How Do Artists Play with Light? • 6. Painting and Photography: What Tools Do Artists Use? • 7. Moving Pictures: Can Pictures Really Move? • 8. The Story Goes On: What’s Next for Pictures? • Timeline of Inventions

About the Author

David Hockney is considered one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century. He has produced work in almost every medium - painting, drawing, stage design, photography and printmaking - and has stretched the boundaries of all of them. Born in Bradford, England, in 1937, Hockney attended art school in London before moving to Los Angeles in the 1960s. There, he painted his famous swimming pool paintings. In a 2011 poll of more than 1,000 British artists, Hockney was voted the most influential British artist of all time. He continues to create and exhibit art.

Martin Gayford is art critic for The Spectator and the author of acclaimed books on Van Gogh, Constable and Michelangelo. He is the author of many books, including Man with a Blue Scarf, Rendez-vous with Art, (with Philippe de Montebello), A Bigger Message, Modernists & Mavericks, A History of Pictures (with David Hockney), The Pursuit of Art and Spring Cannot be Cancelled, all published by Thames & Hudson.

List of Contributors

Rose Blake