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Painting Dreams: Minnie Evans, Visionary Artist
     

Painting Dreams: Minnie Evans, Visionary Artist

by Mary E. Lyons
 
Minnie Evans was forty-three years old when she began to draw pictures based on her strange dreams and waking visions: giant birds, biblical figures, and other fantastic images. This is her story of a woman who pursued her art despite the restrictions placed on her as an African American-woman.

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Minnie Evans was forty-three years old when she began to draw pictures based on her strange dreams and waking visions: giant birds, biblical figures, and other fantastic images. This is her story of a woman who pursued her art despite the restrictions placed on her as an African American-woman.

Editorial Reviews

"A vivid portrait of an artist whose work remains controversial but who demonstrated courage and perseverance in the face of enormous obstacles."
Children's Literature - Kristin Harris
Despite great odds, Minnie Evans became a widely respected and well-exhibited folk artist. As a little girl, Minnie Evans kept to herself because she felt she was different from the other kids. Plagued by vivid dreams as a child, her grandmother told her that these dreams made her special. The dreams continued until she became an adult. At the age of 43, she began to draw images from these dreams on scraps of paper. Although her family ridiculed her-she persevered and eventually created hundreds of drawings and paintings. A photographer discovered her unique work and helped Minnie sell her paintings and eventually exhibit them in museums. Children and adults will enjoy all of the examples of Minnie's work included in this remarkable book.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 4-8With Painting Dreams, Lyons continues to introduce young people to self-taught African American artists and craftspeople. Born in 1892, Minnie Evans was an unusual child who had visions and was tormented by extremely vivid dreams. In middle age, she began to paint from her imagination, using scrap materials. Her family and friends worried that she was mentally unstable and never appreciated her work, even though they accepted her need to paint. She became known to the art world in the 1960s through the photographer Nina Starr, who was responsible for exhibitions and articles featuring the artist. Lyons's book is based on interviews with Starr and other people who knew Evans, as well as published material. Twenty full-color reproductions of her paintings are included, with mention of some of the recurring motifs in her work, but not indulging in any detailed criticism. The paintings range from childlike to psychedelic in execution; they are visionary in subject matter, composition, and coloring. There are also two photographs of Evans, taken by Starr, and a few other small photos of places mentioned in the text. A readable, interesting, and well-documented title.Pam Gosner, Maplewood Memorial Library, NJ
Hazel Rochman
Poor, untaught, deeply religious, Minnie Evans was driven to paint her dreams. Her family thought she was crazy and tried to stop her. But today her art is celebrated, and her paintings hang in museums. As in her biographies of Horace Pippin and Harriet Powers, Lyons has brought us the life and work of an African American folk artist who succeeded despite community prejudice. The small, spaciously designed volume is illustrated throughout with quality reproductions of Evans' work in glowing color and detail. Lyons' sources are meticulously documented in notes at the back, including references to her own interviews with people who knew the artist. Lyons includes some negative comments from those who belittle "outsider" art, as well as praise from critics for the powerful visionary artist.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395720325
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
05/01/1996
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 9.36(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
900L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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