Author(s): Francoise Barbe-Gall
This is a children's art book for grown-ups. In everyday language it shows how to explain to children what to look for and how to enjoy paintings as diverse as a Renaissance religious scene and a Jackson Pollock. How to Talk to Children about Art examines 30 paintings by great artists, from the early Renaissance to the present day, in galleries around the world. The book gives examples of the kinds of questions a child might ask about the paintings, and provides straightforward answers. 'Who are the people in this painting?' 'Why has the artist used those colours?' 'How did the artist choose what to paint?' The book demystifies art appreciation and reveals that the simplest questions can be among the most pertinent. There is plenty that will stimulate children's interest in art and enlighten grown-ups too.
For several years, Francoise Barbe-Gall has been the director of Coreta (COmment REgarder un TAbleau), a cultural association on behalf of which she gives lectures. She taught History of Painting at the University of Censier. Since 1983 she has been Director of Studies at the Ecole du Louvre. She is also the author of numerous articles.