Before They Were Famous: How Seven Artists Got Their Start

Before They Were Famous: How Seven Artists Got Their Start

by Bob Raczka
     
 

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When famous artists were kids, did they paint like artists? Or did they paint like kids? Find out for yourself in the pages of this book by art lover Bob Raczka. You'll see some of the first works ever done by seven well-known artists. You'll also learn plenty of fascinating facts about the artists' childhoods. You'll even see some of their later works, which show

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When famous artists were kids, did they paint like artists? Or did they paint like kids? Find out for yourself in the pages of this book by art lover Bob Raczka. You'll see some of the first works ever done by seven well-known artists. You'll also learn plenty of fascinating facts about the artists' childhoods. You'll even see some of their later works, which show how their styles changed over time. Albrecht Durer, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Artemisia Gentileschi, John Singer Sargent, Paul Klee, Pablo Picasso, and Salvador Dali all grew up to have their own unique styles. But when they were kids, they all had one thing in common: they loved to make art.

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Children's Literature - Susan Treadway M.Ed.
A delightful thread emerges from the lives of seven famous artists throughout history. Each began their career as an inquisitive, curious child who produced remarkable sketches, drawings, paintings, self-portraits or amazing sculptures. All were youngsters with a burning desire to express themselves artistically. Albrecht Durer (1471-1528) was thirteen years old when he drew a self-portrait by dragging silver wire across his paper that had been coated with primer. It is one of the first known self-portraits in the history of European art. Lines are precise and thin indicating painstaking work that cannot be changed or erased. Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564) painted a scary-looking scene at age twelve by selecting his own colors after copying an existing drawing onto a piece of wood. Two of his classic sculptures are also shown. One was partially finished when Michelangelo was seventeen and the other is a masterpiece (the only one he signed) created at age twenty-four. Pre-school-aged Paul Klee (1879-1940) had enough imagination and skill to draw "evil spirits" from his dreams. He could draw with his left hand while also writing with his right, and feigned listening in class while drawing in the margins of schoolbooks. As the first female member of the famous Academy of Drawing in Florence, Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1656) dared to encroach on the male dominated world of artists in Renasisance Italy. She created Self-Portrait as the Allegory of Painting to demonstrate that women could paint on par with men. Other distinctive artists are John Singer Sargent (1856-1925), Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), and Salvador Dali (1904-1989). Reviewer: Susan Treadway, M.Ed.
School Library Journal
Gr 3�5—Raczka's talent for explaining art to children continues with this book. The author gives readers a different perspective on Dürer, Michelangelo, Artemisia Gentileschi, Sargent, Klee, Picasso, and Dalí. One-page biographies focus on their childhoods and young adulthoods; three pages of color reproductions follow, among them, paintings done when the artists were 8, 10, or 17 years old. Lengthy captions give readers a tour of the "gallery" and include additional facts. Art lovers will read this for pleasure, but report writers will also be fascinated by the information in this well-organized survey. It is sure to broaden the scope of any art shelf.—Carolyn Janssen, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH
Kirkus Reviews

This newest in the ever-appealing Bob Raczka's Art Adventures series focuses readers' attention on the early work of seven well-known artists, six men (Albrecht Durer, Michelangelo, John Singer Sargent, Paul Klee, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí) and one woman (Artemesia Gentileschi). The book evolved when the author saw an early equestrian painting by the then–eight-year-old Picasso and his interest was piqued. He researched and found "juvenile" work by as many artists as he could, and the result is this lively compilation. Each of the artists' four-page profiles begins with a brief, kid-friendly biography of the artist and an image of that artist. This is followed by a work created by the artist in their childhood or young adulthood and then well-selected, interestingly captioned, representative images drawn from the mature artist's oeuvre. The author clearly enjoys introducing and decoding "high" art to kids; he encourages his young readers to "make sure your parents save a few of your favorite art projects. Who knows, maybe you'll grow up to be a famous artist!" The whole package is intriguing, pleasing and inviting. (Nonfiction. 8-11)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761360773
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/01/2010
Series:
Bob Raczka's Art Adventures Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
810L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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