Our pick for June has to be Amazing Music, Brilliant Colour!
June 10, 2015


Hi Maria here,

It’s the time for festivals and fetes so my pick for June is Amazing Music, Brilliant Colour in honour of the famous Glastonbury Festival taking place at the end of June. If you have ever been to Glastonbury you will know that the event is packed with eccentric art and music which literally blows your mind. It takes you into a completely different world, as does this Touch to See Book Club title which is kindly sponsored by May Stanley Smith.

The Snail by Matisse

If you have not already borrowed it, this pack contains two images: The Snail, which is a collage by Henri Matisse and Cossacks painted by Wassily Kandinsky.

The snail

Matisse was a painter until 1950 when his arthritis got too painful. This is when he moved to paper cut-out artwork instead. The Snail is one of the last pieces he did before his death. The collage is made with colourful pieces of paper that were pigmented with gouache, which is a method of painting using opaque pigments ground in water and thickened with a glue-like substance.


Cossacks by Wassily Kandinsky dates from the year 1911. Kandinsky was born in 1866 in Moscow and died in France in 1944.  He didn’t formally study art till he was 30 – before this he studied law. Kandinsky believed that abstract paintings could convey spiritual and emotional values simply through the lines and colours of the painting.


This title ventures into the world of Abstract Art. The audio contains some wonderful music that inspired these two artists and their work. An evocative soundtrack adds to the enjoyment of colour and life on the canvas.

I hope this has inspired you to find out more. If your group has not yet borrowed this pack then it’s time to do so!


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