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Living Paintings

Amazing Music, Brilliant Colour (Book Clubs)

Suitable for: Book Clubs

Venture into the world of Abstract Art and boogie to the music that inspired these two artists and their work. An evocative soundtrack with works by Prokofiev and Debussy adds to the enjoyment of colour and life on the canvas.

Listen to an audio clip

On the right-hand side of the painting there are three red blobs the Cossacks' hats, but that's all we get of the Cossacks. By them there are two long lance-type things I didn't know Cossacks used lances that stretch the height of the canvas. There are lots of other lines all over the place some perhaps denote buildings, others birds, in the way that children sometimes draw Vs and Ms for birds in flight and a fair number of blobs of colour, bearing little relation to anything in particular.
Put like that, Cossacks sounds a pretty unappealing picture. Actually, it's great. The calligraphic elements all those black lines and dashes are kept in check by the lyrical, bright, but not overly so, colours reds, blues, yellows, a dash of green or pink here and there; the composition, while at first seeming so random, is actually carefully balanced.

What's inside

  • 10 copies of two or three raised tactile images.
  • Audio descriptions with music and sound effects in your chosen format of either CD or USB.
  • Coloured picture book of the raised images. Guidance Notes to help you make the most of using this book.
  • An ‘Articles for the Blind’ returns label for the free and convenient return of the box.

Touch to see image list

The Snail by Henry Matisse,
Cossacks by Wassily Kandinsky

What our members say

Brilliant and Vital We used this book as a resource to enhance our activities. It was perfect for sighted and non-sighted. Library Member
It was wonderful We recently went to the Courtauld Gallery in London and saw some of the pictures mentioned in the Living Paintings book entitled Amazing Music Brilliant Colours. In particular we saw in the Gallery a picture by Henry Mattise - The Snail Collage. Normally we wouldn't look twice but because we felt we knew the picture so well because of the Book Club book we stopped for a while and really enjoyed it as we felt we knew it so well!! It was wonderful. Library Member
Very well communicated The snail was very well communicated with the use of different surfaces. They found the Cossacks difficult but then so did I. Library Member

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