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Miró's Magic Animals

Antony Penrose


A delightful introduction to the work of Miró from the bestselling author of The Boy Who Bit Picasso

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In Miró’s Magic Animals Antony Penrose recalls a visit by Miró to his childhood home and a trip to London Zoo, where the artist Miró asked to see ‘large birds, snakes and strange creatures of the night’.

Joan Miró was a quiet and kind man who ‘dreamed when he was awake’ and painted wonderfully strange worlds filled with magical animals. Beautifully illustrated with some of Miró’s finest works, as well as evocative archive photography by Lee Miller, Tony Penrose’s mother, and specially commissioned artworks by children done in the style of Miró, this book will inspire and appeal to art fans of any age.

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'Shares charming insights into Miro’s life and love of animals, together with stunning photographs by Lee Miller'

'Enchanting … Conveys the character of the artist and the magic to be found in his work'
Daily Telegraph

'Beautifully designed … a must-have for little art lovers with vivid imaginations'

'A lovely way to get children talking about and exploring art'
Bambino Goodies

'With wonderful insights into the imaginative mind of one of the most celebrated Spanish painters and sculptors of the 20th century, Miró’s Magic Animals is a brilliant introduction to Surrealist art'
Junior Magazine

'It is sure to appeal to art lovers large and small '
Sussex Life

'Filled with fantastical, dream-like pictures, this is a delightful book'
Kids in Museums

'An engaging, vivid and playful story that appeals to small children and adult art lovers alike'
World Kids

'Surreal and superb illustrations and a fascinating glimpse into the world of one of the most celebrated artists of the 20th century'
Read It Daddy

'This is a brilliant introduction to Miró, but also a great introduction to art - encouraging us to look closer at paintings and wonder what the artist was looking at, thinking, seeing or feeling'
It's All About Stories

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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 23.0 x 17.0 cm

Extent: 48 pp

Publication date: 21 March 2016

ISBN: 9780500650660

About the Author

Antony Penrose is a British photographer. The son of Sir Roland Penrose and Lee Miller, he is director of the Lee Miller Archive and Penrose Collection at his parents' former home, Farley Farm House.