Young children will be enthralled by the oversize, joyful depictions of familiar animals in unfamiliar hues. Sadly, even at an early age, kids get locked into thinking that things have to be a certain color, a certain shape. This book is a great way to remind them that art has no boundaries or rules. For adults, The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse will have further significance. An endnote reveals that the artist Franz Marc (famous for his paintings of blue horses) was the inspiration for this book. Along with the works of other artists who were creating modern, abstract art at the time, Marc’s paintings were labeled “degenerate” and banned by the Nazi regime.
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