A Bird or Two: A Story About Henri Matisse

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Simple text and bright illustrations describe the work of French painter, Henri Matisse, particularly his joyful use of color.

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Bijou Le Tord was born and raised in Saint-Raphael, on the French Riviera and studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Lyon, France. She later moved from France to America, settling in New York City, and started a career creating textile designs for such designers as Bill Blass and Oscar de la Renta. She also taught the theory and practice of color fundamentals at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Bijou became a full-time writer and illustrator of children's books in 1976, and since then has written and illustrated over twenty books for children. Bijou's latest book is A Bird or Two: A Story About Henri Matisse. She is currently living in Sag Harbor, New York, and working on a picture book about Marc Chagall.

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Le Tord here does for Matisse what she did for Claude Monet in A Blue Butterfly: she bends her watercolor style to incorporate suggestions of Matisse's famous works, and her scant, poetic text tells readers just enough to kindle an appreciation for Matisse's genius. The artist is already old and accomplished when he is introduced here, newly arrived in Nice and influenced by the extraordinary light. His colors change; his friends say, "He paints/ the sunshine/ everyday./.../ He works/ joyfully,/ with a light/ heart." Le Tord's sun-steeped art brings out that lightness of heart: her portraits of Matisse radiate his happiness and sense of play. While her versions of his paintings are more a blending of her style and his (as opposed to imitation), they capture Matisse's optimism. She doesn't give much in the way of facts (not even saying where, exactly, Nice is located), but when she declares that "Matisse/ made us/ 'hear'/ with our/ eyes/ the music/ he painted/ in his/ pictures," her meaning comes through loud and clearAthere is music in her work, too. All ages. (Oct.)
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