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

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

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by Kathleen Krull, Kathryn Hewitt
     
 

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Most people can name some famous artists and recognize their best-known works. But what's behind all that painting, drawing, and sculpting? What was Leonardo da Vinci's snack of choice while he painted Mona Lisa’s mysterious smile? Why did Georgia O'Keeffe find bones so appealing? Who called Diego Rivera "Frog-Face"? And what is it about artists that makes

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Most people can name some famous artists and recognize their best-known works. But what's behind all that painting, drawing, and sculpting? What was Leonardo da Vinci's snack of choice while he painted Mona Lisa’s mysterious smile? Why did Georgia O'Keeffe find bones so appealing? Who called Diego Rivera "Frog-Face"? And what is it about artists that makes both their work and their lives so fascinating—to themselves, to their curious neighbors, and to all of us? This book presents the humor and the tragedy in twenty artists' lives as no biography has done before.

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"Fresh, spirited, and unconventional."—Kirkus Reviews
 
"A lively, entertaining presentation."—Booklist
 
"Kids will enjoy this brush with greatness."—Bulletin
 
"Krull's brief biographies provide basic facts as well as intriguing details. The subjects chosen range from the famous (Michelangelo Buonarroti) to the infamous (Andy Warhol) to the less well known. Hewitt's caricaturelike illustrations reflect and extend the lively text."—Horn Book

Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
Although billed by its publishers for ages 8 to 12, this compendium of background and gossip (that Vasari never would have dared to write) is vastly entertaining for adults, too. Not only do we get the sexual preferences of such greats as da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Mary Cassatt, we even learn what they ate and the pets they loved or despised. We also learn that Hokusai changed his residence no less than 93 times (so he wouldn't have to clean his messy studios), and that Van Gogh's paintings were used to patch up outhouses and chicken coops. Who wouldn't love browsing through such fascinating stuff? Along the way, a lot of standard information is also exchanged. Hewitt's individual portraits are humorous and evocative of each artist's style. Great fun.
Children's Literature - Debra Briatico
This entertaining, informative collection introduces readers to the idiosyncrasies (sometimes humorous, sometimes tragic) of twenty famous artists including Michelangelo, Cassatt, Rembrandt, Kahlo, Breugel, O'Keeffe, and Warhol. Youngsters will enjoy finding out what Leonardo da Vinci ate for a snack when he painted the Mona Lisa and why Georgia O'Keeffe found bones so appealing.
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up-Judging from the popularity of television talk shows and supermarket tabloids, Americans love gossip. As the title suggests, this collection of anecdotes about 15 famous artists of European heritage (and Hokusai) is gossipy. Tidbits flood the brief biographies: Leonardo's and Michelangelo's homosexuality, Van Gogh's ``ear episode,'' Bruegel's fondness for practical jokes, Cassatt's support of women's suffrage, etc. These morsels are integrated into chapters with an easy-flowing sequence of short paragraphs, and supplemented with an ``Artworks'' section that adds a few pithy comments about several specific pieces, such as O'Keeffe's bone paintings or Kollowitz's large granite memorial for her son Peter. Hewitt supplies a full-page watercolor and colored-pencil portrait and vignette for each artist. These are friendly representations that also include personal objects like Matisse's fiddle, Chagall's village, Duchamp's snow shovel, etc. They add pleasant visual attractions to the lighthearted approach in this inviting introduction to a few of the Big Names in our artworld. A page of artistic terms is also included.-Kenneth Marantz, Art Education Department, Ohio State University, Columbus

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780544252233
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
07/01/2014
Series:
Lives of... Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
319,651
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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"Fresh, spirited, and unconventional."—Kirkus Reviews

"A lively, entertaining presentation."—Booklist

"Kids will enjoy this brush with greatness."—Bulletin

"Krull's brief biographies provide basic facts as well as intriguing details. The subjects chosen range from the famous (Michelangelo Buonarroti) to the infamous (Andy Warhol) to the less well known. Hewitt's caricaturelike illustrations reflect and extend the lively text."—Horn Book

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