Brush Of The Gods

Brush of the Gods Book CoverAs a boy, Wu Daozi (689-759), often considered to be China’s greatest painter, was taught calligraphy, but his brush did  not cooperate.  Instead he painted squiggles, twists, and dots that became butterflies, horses, flowers, and clouds that came to life. People traveled from all over to admire his work.  One day, the emperor asked him to paint a mural on the walls of the palace.  This masterpiece took years to finish and revolutionized Chinese painting.  Ink, watercolor, gouache, and colored pencil illustrations capture the beauty of Chinese art and culture.  An author’s note provides background information on Wu Daozi’s life and artistic techniques. mjw
Title: Brush Of The Gods
Author: Lenore Look
Illustrator
: Meilo So
Publisher
: Schwartz and Wade Books, an imprint of Random House, New York
Copyright
: 2013
Original language
: English
ISBN
: 978-0-87001-9
Hardcover pages
: 40
Age range
: 4-8
Genre
: Picture book biography
Book setting
: China
Author’s residence
: United States
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Chinese
Illustrator’s residence
: Scotland
Awards
: Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year, Booklist Books for Youth Editor’s Choice
Subjects
: Artists, China-history-Tang dynasty, Daozi Wu, Eastern Asia, Legends, Myths and fables, Painting

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