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The Most Exciting Artists of All Time

Mary Richards


Discover the real-life stories of some of the greatest artists of all time

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Splat! traces art history through the artists who helped to make important artistic innovations, including Michelangelo and the High Renaissance; Bruegel and his paintings of everyday peasant life; Manet and the shock of Impressionism; and Duchamp and the Dada revolution. Read the real-life stories of artists, such as Caravaggio, Jan Vermeer, Henri Rousseau, Vincent Van Gogh, Wassily Kandinsky and Frida Kahlo, who dared to imagine new ways of depicting the world. The achievements of these artists and the challenges, difficulties and dangers they faced are excitingly brought to life.


'Describes the life, works, challenges and historical background of great artists with a good sense of what historians of nine-plus will find engaging'
New Statesman

'This would be a great gift to give to a family member before heading out to a gallery or a trip to Paris or Italy. The book is bang up to date, including modern-day artists such as Cornelia Parker RA and Pipilotti Rist'
RA Magazine

'This book attempts a most difficult task, and achieves it: to explain and enthuse the reader about Art'
School Librarian

'Introducing children to the world of art can be tricky to get right. Splat! achieves this with brilliantly designed infomatics and diagrams to great effect throughout'
Read It Daddy

'Will excite grown-up art lovers too'
Art Quarterly

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Product Information

Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 26.0 x 19.5 cm

Extent: 96 pp

Publication date: 27 July 2023

ISBN: 9780500660256

About the Author

Mary Richards is a writer, publisher and musician. She was previously art publisher for the Hayward Gallery in London.