Rembrandt takes a walk

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C.N. Potter, 1986 - Juvenile Fiction - 25 pages
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On a visit to his rich eccentric uncle, who owns many wonderful paintings, Tom is amazed when Rembrandt leaves his self-portrait and takes a walk with Tom.

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Tom is forced to visit his stingy Uncle Morton's house, but a surprise awaits in the art collection there. This is an odd book in that it has no moral. Although Tom comes across as lazy at first ... Read full review

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Although not associated with any one school of poetry, Mark Strand's work seems to possess qualities of the European and Latin American surrealists. As Strand is a translator of Paz, Borges, Guillen, and Quasimodo, this is not surprising. His poetry, though written in a matter-of-fact style, seems singularly removed from the here and now, filled with the impossibilities of the restless world lying between dream and wakefulness. Strand also writes children's stories. This Canadian-born U.S. poet received his degree from Antioch College, attended Yale University, studied in Florence on a Fulbright grant (1960--61), and later studied at the University of Iowa. He was a Fulbright lecturer in 1965 and 1966, and during 1966--67 he held an Ingram Merrill Fellowship and taught at Mount Holyoke College. His prizes include an award from the National Council on the Arts (1967--68) and a Rockefeller Fellowship (1968--1969). In 1990 Strand was named the fourth Poet Laureate of the United States. 010

Charles Rogers Grooms was born in Nashville in 1937. A self-described beatnik artist, he moved to New York at the age of twenty, adopting the nickname Red after being renamed for his first one-man show at The Sun Gallery. In the late 1950's, Grooms experimented with performance art and filmmaking. He wrote and staged several "happenings" in conjunction with solo shows of his art work, including A Play Called Fire (1958) and The Burning Building (1959). His first film Shoot the Moon (1962) is a rendering of Georges Melies' A Trip to the Moon (1902). In 1986 Grooms illustrated the children's book Rembrandt Takes A Walk, written by Mark Strand. Grooms is best known today for his large scale "sculpto-pictoramas," such as The Bus, a mixed-media, 22-foot-long, almost-life-sized replica of a city bus with whimsical caricatures of travelers and a driver whose head swivels as you board. Ruckus Rodeo, a larger-than-life depiction of the Fort Worth rodeo composed of sculpture wire, canvas, burlap and acrylic paint that requires 1,237 square feet of gallery space was also done in this style.

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