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David Hockney - Martin Gayford: A History of Pictures for Children

"The history of pictures begins in the caves and ends, at the moment, with an iPad. Who knows where it will go next?"

Based on the bestselling book for adults, A History of Pictures for Children is a brilliantly original art book told through the conversations between the artist David Hockney, major contributor to the pop movement and one of the most influential British artists of the 20th Century and art critic Martin Gayford. Rose Blake’s illustrations brighten the narrative and the layout rich in artworks, in order to bring the history of art alive for a young audience.

The making of pictures has a history going back perhaps 100,000 years to an African shell used as a paint palette. Two-thirds of it is irrevocably lost, since the earliest images known to us are from about 40,000 years ago.  are explored in this . The authors explore these 40,000 with inspiring simplicity and clarity, taking a fresh look at art. They privilege no medium, or period, or style, but instead, in 16 chapters, they discuss how and why pictures have been made, and insistently link art to human skills and human needs, encouraging the reader to establish cross references between different fields of education, and bringing art closer to reality.

Each chapter addresses an important question: What happens when we try to express reality in two dimensions? Why is the Mona Lisa beautiful and why are shadows so rarely found in Chinese, Japanese and Persian painting? Why are optical projections always going to be more beautiful than HD television can ever be? How have the makers of images depicted movement? What makes marks on a flat surface interesting?
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A History of Pictures for Children [6th September 2018]
Written by Davi Hockney & Martin Gayford
English-language edition published by Thames&Hudson  available on Amazon Books

Alla scoperta delle imagini [11th October 2018]
Italian edition published by Babalibri
Illustrated by Rose Blake
Reading age: 8+





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