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Van Gogh (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists) [Paperback]

Mike Venezia
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12 Oct 1995 Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists
This series meets National Curriculum Standards for: Social Studies: Culture
--This text refers to the Library Binding edition.

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Lioncrest Pty Ltd; New edition edition (12 Oct 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 051642274X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0516422749
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 19.8 x 0.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Vincent van Gogh was one of the most tragic artists who ever lived. Read the first page
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book 18 Aug 2010
These books are great, my children love them. There are plenty of pictures for little ones and for the older children the Artist lifes recounted with interesting facts. I would recommend for children of all ages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun 1 Jan 2013
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An ideal book to introduce a classic name to young readers, it is presented using fun language and accompanying pictures.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent art appreciation but questionable cartoons 27 April 2002
By Lawrance M. Bernabo - Published on Amazon.com
Well, we should not have been surprised that Vincent Van Gogh presents a challenge to Mike Venezia, because the tragic life of this particular artist does not especially lend itself to the cartoons that Venezia includes in his Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists series. On the one hand we are talking about one of the most famous artists of all time, whose paintings now sell for millions and millions of dollars. But on the other hand we have a man who suffered severe emotional problems, cut off his ear, and ended up committing suicide. To be fair, Van Gogh was the epitome of the starving artist, and while none of the cartoons in the book goes too far, the one on the back of Venezia's self-portrait with a paper-cut is over the line given that this is a book for children.
The strength of the book is that Venezia does one of his best jobs of explaining the unique style of the artist with his look at Van Gogh. It is ironic that in a book where the subject presents such problems, Venezia provides ten cartoons in the book, which might be the most I have seen in any of his volumes to date (there are 22 paintings and drawings by Van Gogh). Certainly the cartoons do not reflect the tone of the text, which deals with Van Gogh's problems in a straight-forward manner. But given the fate of the artist, it is hard to find them totally appropriate. Again, to be fair, this is Venezia's format and we could not expect him to abandon it and perhaps he was trying to provide a counterbalance to Van Gogh's self-destructive impulses. Certainly parents should check this one out and make a judgment for their own children, and teachers should do the same thing for their students. A good alternative text, although written for a slightly older audience, is "What Makes a Van Gogh a Van Gogh" put out by The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful Presentation of Difficult Material 25 Aug 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This is a truthful and sensitive presentation of information about an artist who suffered from an emotional disorder and often was not a happy person. Mr. Venezia does not gloss over Van Gough's difficulties, but presents them in a way that children can understand within the context of explaining what was importaint to the artist, and how the man's feelings and life experiences affected his paintings. When I read the book, I decided not present it to my daugher as early as the other Venezia artist and composer biographies. I waited until I thought she could clearly separate in her mind what other people do from the things our family does. Each parent will need to decide when their own child is ready for information about a great artist who ulimately commited suicide; it is the old decision between sheltering a child or presenting disturbing information when you are there to talk about it with them. Aside from these considerations, I strongly feel that the book maintains the same high standards found in all of Mr. Venezia's books. Any swerving from the facts to maintain a glossy finish (i.e., the traditional fairy tale happy ending?) would have been disappointing.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Good information, but beware of noose! 29 April 2006
By sarab - Published on Amazon.com
I loved the fact that there is a children's book out there that contained all of my favorite works by Van Gogh, with text to support it, which can be read by my 7 year old. I don't know, perhaps I'm overprotective, but I didn't think one of the cartoons, showing a stick figure of "Mr. Van Gogh" in a NOOSE was appropriate for my son! (The context was that his students drew it....still, inappropriate! If a student would draw that on any chalkboard in any school district, they would probably be expelled!) I am planning on saving this book, for when he is older, and am looking for a replacement van gogh book for now, with only prints of his masterpieces!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For the price, it is a good book for beginners and children 7 Oct 2005
By Jennifer - Published on Amazon.com
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My 6 year old liked the paintings in the book and while the book did a decent job of covering the basics, I knew enough to fill in the blanks with what I know about the artist. We also went online and researched some of his life and art. It was simple and to the point and since my child is 6 years old, I woudl say this book would be good for her age group and up.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Van Gogh (Getting to Know The World's Greatest Artists) 18 Feb 2003
By "joisley" - Published on Amazon.com
This book offered a great resource for my classroom. There is a lot to read about his life and history so I would definitely not use it as a read-aloud. I do however, use this book to point out significant events in his life. The illustrations are light and add humor to an otherwise depressing life. They bring the artist to life and that makes it easier for my students to relate to and it keeps up their interest. Informative and enjoyable, this book is a must have for teachers.
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