How can the world of art be made accessible to children, so that they can acquire a love of the subject? This book by Katy Couprie and Antonin Louchard finally shows parents how it can be done. In an unbelievably imaginative process of creation the artists received special permission to spend entire evenings in the Louvre in Paris, where they photographed, arranged and painted. The result is a mixture of the crazy, fantastic, beautiful and strange. Paintings and sculptures are not simply copied, however. Instead they are used to invent witty combinations and comparisons. For example, the painting 'Raft of the Medusa' is reconstructed with Playmobile puppets, for example, and a Barbie doll is shown mummified next to the portrait of a real Egyptian mummy. Children are represented again and again, too, showing young readers for example that in ancient Egypt boys had just as much fun playing ball.
The main statement made by this unique book, which is a work of art in itself, is that everything is art and everybody is able to create art. Children are stimulated to discover and create art for themselves – by reproducing ideas from this wonderful book, for example. And of course "The Whole of Art" mustn't be absent during the next visit to the Louvre. It will be great fun for the whole family to look for the works of art which are shown, and as a useful guide all the titles of the works shown and their genre are listed at the end of the book.
However, I cannot share the age recommendation of five years. I think that much younger children will also enjoy this book.
Katy Couprie and Antonin Louchard
"The Whole of Art"