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Lives of the Artists: Masterpieces, Messes (and What the Neighbors Thought)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2007

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    Michelangelo Buonarroti, Leonardo Da Vinci, Pablo Picasso, everyone has heard of them. Maybe not everyone has heard of Sofonisba Anguissola, Katsushika Hokusai, or Isamu Noguchi. Lives of the Artists is all about the people that went from rags to riches or stayed poor and had to sell paintings for necessities, but no one wanted to buy them because they weren¿t very good. It tells about their life before they became famous, their life being famous, and some little details in between. Even if nobody liked their paintings and they weren¿t being sold, after their death, someone would finally realize how the paintings changed the way people draw today. I would highly recommend this book because it is filled with very interesting details about the different artists and how their lives were filled with unpredictable events. Most of the artists in the book knew another artist and was good friends with him/her. Michelangelo was good friends with Leonardo Da Vinci and sometimes they were even enemies, but they had some good times together. Isamu Noguchi knew Frida Kahlo, but Diego Rivera, her partner, didn¿t like it and actually threatened Noguchi with a gun involved. Many of the artists went to France to study art and died there. Mary Cassatt moved there early in her life, and died there in 1926. Leonardo Da Vinci moved to France to paint a picture for the King of France and died in 1519. Vincent Van Gogh moved to France and lived in a four-room apartment, he died there in 1890. Almost all of the artists lived somewhere other than the United States. Rembrandt Van Rijn was born in Leiden, Holland and he also died there in 1669. Marc Chagall was born in Pestkovatik, Russia, but moved to France and died there in 1985. Michelangelo Buonarroti was born and died in Italy. These people didn¿t become famous the first time they picked up a brush they practiced until they were good enough for art dealers to sell their art. Lives of the Artists is all about the interesting lives of famous artists that people may or may not have heard of. I recommend this book to anyone interested in famous artists such Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci, Vincent Van Gogh, or maybe even Katsushika Hokusai. E. Gray

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