Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 10 to 18
- Grade: 5 to 12
Finalist for the 2005/2006 Hackmatack Award
Shortlist for the Amelia Francis Howard-Gibbon Book Award
Finalist in the Nautilus 2005 Book Awards
Modern art has a language, and when it is learned it opens the door to treasure. In Picasso: Soul on Fire, Rick Jacobson and Laura Fernandez present more than the story of the painter’s life. They provide young readers with the tools with which to understand his work. Picasso was an expert draftsman – his rendering of pigeons’ feet by the time he was eleven was so detailed that his artist father recognized the boy’s genius and stopped painting. But he took art much further, using emotions to redefine the way we see. His sense of joy infused his Rose Period. His sadness over the loss of a friend is reflected in his famous Blue Period. His viewing of an African mask made him reexamine his ideas of shape.
This beautifully illustrated homage is a splendid introduction to modern art.
About the authors
Rick Jacobson and Laura Fernandez are an award-winning design team and illustrators in their own right. Their work appears in corporate and private collections as well as in those of the French Government and The Royal Geographical Society in London, England. Together they operate a studio, the Jacobson Fernandez Partnership. They often work as a team on joint projects, including their twelve published books. Rick and Laura live in Toronto with their three children.
PRAISE FOR PICASSO: SOUL ON FIRE:
“This eloquent tribute will serve as an introduction to Picasso and to an artist’s inspirations.”
– School Library Journal
“…with its unusual portraits and basic introduction to cubism and Picasso’s life, this will be an intriguing addition to the surprisingly slender offerings about the artist for this age group.”
“Budding artists will enjoy checking out Picasso: Soul on Fire… Jacobson does a good job of telling not only the details of Picasso’s life but also explaining how he changed from a traditional artist to a revolutionary painter. Laura Fernandez’s illustrations are large and appealing.”
—Winnipeg Free Press