Louise Bourgeois Made Giant Spiders and Wasn't Sorry Spiral-Bound | April 12, 2023

Fausto Gilberti

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A clever, quirky picture-book biography of one of the most important figures of modern and contemporary art

A clever, quirky picture-book biography of one of the most important figures of modern and contemporary art

Louise Bourgeois was a world-famous artist who told stories of her life through her art until she was 98 years old. She drew, wove, and sculpted pieces inspired by her experiences, often using everyday objects that reminded her of her family and her past.

Her famous giant spiders fascinate – and sometimes terrify – art-lovers to this day, but the truth behind the inspiration for these towering sculptors is not as scary as it may seem. This is an inspiring story about a young girl who became the first female sculptor to have a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York – a unique picture-book celebration for children of one of the most important modern and contemporary woman artists of our time.

Ages 4 - 7

Publisher: Phaidon
Original Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 48 pages
ISBN-10: 1838666249
Item Weight: 0.9 lbs
Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.4 x 8.8 inches
Customer Reviews: 3 out of 5 stars Up to 30 ratings

‘A valuable introduction to a lesser-covered artist.’ – Booklist

‘For the little art lovers in your life, [this] is an eccentric picture-book biography of one of contemporary art’s most important creators.’ – Departures

‘Rich, humanistic, and adventurous…this is an excellent introduction to the biography genre.’ – Children’s Literature

‘The illustrations…are fabulous in their simplicity.’ – Youth Services Book Review

‘A mesmerising monochrome picture-book biography of one of the most famous artists in the modern and contemporary art world...a must-read at any age..’ – Honest Mum

‘Anchored in…text and images that spin webs of fascination and fondness.’ – Unpacking the Power of Picture Books

‘A smart book that’s clever enough to keep the content happy, fast-moving, and educational.’ – Daddy Mojo

‘Spare black-and-white illustrations feature occasional bursts of pink in this true story about a wide-eyed farm girl who became a world-renowned artist.’ – Foreword Reviews

‘Larger than life, full of heart, and a lesson in letting our experiences inform what we create and share with the world.’ – Noodle Nuts Kids Books

‘A stunning picture book…that will inspire you to be creative, brave, and proud of who you are.’ – Little Cub Literacy

Fausto Gilberti is a painter and illustrator based in Brescia, Italy. He studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan, and has been part of more than a hundred solo and group exhibitions, both in Italy and abroad. He writes the books in this artist biography series to make contemporary art approachable and enjoyable for his two children.