Cloth lullaby the woven life of Louise Bourgeois

by Novesky, Amy,

Format: Kindle Book 2016 2016
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Louise Bourgeois (1911–2010) was a world-renowned modern artist noted for her sculptures made of wood, steel, stone, and cast rubber. Her most famous spider sculpture, Maman, stands more than 30 feet high.Just as spiders spin and repair their webs, Louise's own mother was a weaver of tapestries. Louise spent her childhood in France as an apprentice to her mother before she became a tapestry artist herself. She worked with fabric throughout her career, and this biographical picture book shows how Bourgeois's childhood experiences weaving with her loving, nurturing mother provided the inspiration for her most famous works. With a beautifully nuanced and poetic story, this book stunningly captures the relationship between mother and daughter and illuminates how memories are woven into us all.
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Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Abstract-expressionist artist Bourgeois seems, at first, like an odd choice for a picture-book biography, given the intense, sometimes bewildering nature of her sculptures. But Novesky and Arsenault keep the focus on her childhood and its influence on her art career, especially as it played out in her later works. Born in France in 1911, Bourgeois grew up in a troubled family of textile artists. Her mother restored worn tapestries, and as a child, Bourgeois helped out, particularly on the bottom edges. In Novesky's book, weaving together torn pieces becomes a powerful metaphor for Bourgeois' life and art, as she stitches together fond memories and love for her mother into stunning, strange sculptures. Arsenault's beautifully scratchy, ink-splotched illustrations, rendered in pencil, watercolor, and pastel, subtly and seamlessly incorporate some of Bourgeois' designs and motifs a bold, inky red flower; arcing strings of blue resembling yarn; concentric geometric shapes; tiled textile patterns; and so on. Novesky's lines, weaving in some of Bourgeois' own words, gently gloss over the harder corners of her childhood to focus instead on the healing power of creativity. With evocative, gorgeous illustrations and an inspirational story of an artist not often covered in children's literature, this arresting volume is an excellent addition to nonfiction picture-book collections, particularly those lacking titles about women artists.--Hunter, Sarah Copyright 2016 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Novesky (Me, Friday) details the creative and passionate life of artist Louise Bourgeois. Arsenault's mixed-media collages feature textile patterns and spider-web designs, evoking the influence of her family's work restoring tapestries. The reds and blues common to the artist's paintings and drawings dominate, accenting moments of melancholy and drama, as when a young Bourgeois threw herself into a river, angry about her father's frequent absences. When her mother died, Bourgeois turned to making art: "She drew, she painted, she wove. She missed her mother so much, she sculpted giant spiders made of bronze, steel, and marble she named maman." Poetic and experimental, the text and art capture the delicate, powerful quality of Bourgeois's work across multiple media, as well as her ideas about order, symmetry, memory, and reparation. Ages 5-7. Author's agent: Caryn Wiseman, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. Illustrator's agent: Kirsten Hall, Catbird Productions. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Subjects Bourgeois, Louise, 1911-2010 Juvenile literature
Bourgeois, Louise, 1911-2010 Themes, motives Juvenile literature
Biography & Autobiography
Juvenile Nonfiction
Electronic books.
Publisher New York :ABRAMS2016
Contributors Arsenault, Isabelle, 1978- illustrator.
OverDrive, Inc.
Audience Text Difficulty 4
LG/Lower grades (K-3rd)
Language English
System Details Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Format: Kindle Book
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Description 1 online resource
ISBN 9781613129166
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