Picks and Pans Review: The Anti-Coloring Book of Masterpieces

updated 08/02/1982 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/02/1982 01:00AM

by Susan Striker

Imagine da Vinci's Mona Lisa with the face and background missing, Rembrandt's Aristotle contemplating a blank space, Rousseau's Sleeping Gypsy minus lion and sky and moon, Picasso's Girl Before a Mirror without any image at all in the mirror. This 8½-by-11-inch paperback has those renowned paintings and more reproduced only in part, with major elements omitted for the coloring book addict to supply. At the back the real works are reproduced in black and white in their entirety, with biographical notes about the artists. There are 37 works in all, from an ancient Egyptian coffin to a splatter canvas by Jackson Pollock. (Holt, Rinehart and Winston, $6.95)

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