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Modern Art Explorer

Modern Art Explorer: Discover the stories behind artworks by Matisse, Kahlo and more...

Alice Harman, Serge Bloch

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Featuring a diverse range of artists, Modern Art Explorer takes young readers on an undercover adventure to discover the stories behind famous modern artworks

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Modern Art Explorer is a witty and brilliantly illustrated introduction to modern art for children that takes readers undercover to discover the stories behind thirty famous artworks from the Centre Pompidou's collection in Paris. By going behind the scenes and turning each artwork inside out, young readers will see that artworks aren’t remote monuments but real things that are shaped into being by ideas, inspirations, human lives, world events and the materials artists use.

Children will be entertained and intrigued by a variety of engagingly specific details and buoyed by their ability to understand what these works of art are all about. Award-winning illustrator Serge Bloch’s cheeky, comic and energetic illustrations serve to illuminate the information and the ideas in each artwork. The thirty featured artworks themselves represent the work of a diverse range of modern and contemporary artists from one of the world’s most celebrated modern art museums. Modern art has never seemed so exciting!


'A chatty and irreverent tour of the Centre Pompidou, Paris'
Wall Street Journal

'Fun and engaging'

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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 27.9 x 21.6 cm

Extent: 96 pp

Illustrations: 30

Publication date: 3 September 2020

ISBN: 9780500652206

Contents List

Introduction • The Works • Golden Slumber, Constantin Brâncusi; Floaty Fantastical, Wassily Kandinsky; Scary Scrawls, Jean-Michel Basquiat; Bottled Up, El Anatsui; Mellow(ish) Yellow, Pierre Bonnard; Gone to Pieces, Georges Braque; Stretching the Truth, Amedeo Modigliani; Love and a Huge Chicken, Marc Chagall; Wheely Unusual, Marcel Duchamp; Swirling Swine, Robert Delaunay; Sssnaky Stuff, Meret Oppenheim; Wrestling With Art, Natalia Goncharova; Tied Together, Sheila Hicks; Me, Me, Me, Frida Kahlo; Mirror Bowl, Anish Kapoor; Blue Butt Boogie, Yves Klein; An Eye for a Fly, Martial Raysse; Dingy Dreams, Joan Miró; Good Grid!, Piet Mondrian; Cow of Wonders, Niki de Saint Phalle; Cut into Colour, Henri Matisse; All Lined Up, Aurelie Nemours; Not A-Muse-d, Pablo Picasso; What a Drip, Jackson Pollock; Argh, My Eyes!, Victor Vasarely; Looking A-Head, Sophie Taeuber-Arp; Play Time, Jean Arp; On Repeat, Andy Warhol; Flashy Dresser, Atsuko Tanaka; Great Wall of Trash, Louise Nevelson • Timeline, Glossary, List of Artworks

About the Author

Alice Harman has written over twenty books for children. She developed the award-winning book about art, Why is art full of naked people?. Serge Bloch is a multiple-award-winning illustrator. Thames & Hudson published his book The Big Adventure of the Little Line in 2015.

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