FIRST WORDS by Ivan & Jane Clark Chermayeff Chermayeff


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A telling visual demonstration of the fact that artists, like the rest of us, see things in unique, individual ways. The Chermayeffs have chosen several works of art from Paris museums to illustrate each of 13 subjects (boy, eyes, boat, chair, etc.). Though Western art predominates, there is a wide range of media, styles, and periods among the imaginatively chosen, provocatively juxtaposed selections. As a dividend, the 13 pictorially defined words are given in five languages: English, French, Spanish, German, and Italian. In the handsomely designed double spreads, there are no other captions; appropriately for the intended audience, the full source notes are relegated to the end. An excellent introduction to the fine arts, to broaden appreciation and sharpen perceptions. Pronunciation guide.

Pub Date: May 1st, 1990
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Abrams