The target audience for this book seems to be for children, but I enjoyed it too. It makes want me to explore Pablo Picasso's art work more. I love the paintings in this book. His paintings challenge me to be analytical. I like when a book tries to make me smarter. There is an oil painting entitled Arithmetic Art that challenges me to find numbers hidden in common objects like a flower, a person head or a wineskin. The geometric colorful shapes are fun to look at. There is another painting entitled Les Demoiselles d'Avignon. This painting features women in a Paris brothel. Picasso's use of color is excellent. This painting features women with pink flesh, but it has a lovely blue and gray to contrast the pink color. I learned that Pablo Picasso won the Lenin peace prize. This fact motivates me to learn more about Vladimir Lenin. This book alludes to the fact that Picasso also sculpted, wrote poetry and enjoyed photography, but it does not go into detail about these pursuits. I wish the authors elaborated more on the other things that Picasso did. This is why I am giving this book four stars. Picasso's most famous painting is entitled Guernica. I have heard of this painting before, but I did not know any specifics about it. This painting is Picasso's response to the Nazi air raid of a Spanish village called Guernica in 1937. This painting shows people and animals with a look of panic on their faces. This is not a happy painting, but I have never seen anything like it. There is another painting of a woman weeping while ironing. This painting reflects Picasso's melancholy blue period. I like how Picasso expresses sadness in this painting. This book would have been perfect if the authors included more information about Picasso's other pursuits like poetry, photography and sculpture.
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