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Wideness and Wonder: The Life and Art of Georgia O'Keeffe

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Continuing Chronicle's acclaimed series of artist books for kids, Wideness and Wonder is the fascinating story of the mysterious and beloved artist Georgia O'Keeffe. Well-known children's biography writer Susan Goldman Rubin traces the events that shaped O'Keeffe's art and how art influenced OKeeffe's life in return. Wideness and Wonder is colorful, accessible, and packed with the art that made O'Keeffe so renowned.

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Overview

Continuing Chronicle's acclaimed series of artist books for kids, Wideness and Wonder is the fascinating story of the mysterious and beloved artist Georgia O'Keeffe. Well-known children's biography writer Susan Goldman Rubin traces the events that shaped O'Keeffe's art and how art influenced OKeeffe's life in return. Wideness and Wonder is colorful, accessible, and packed with the art that made O'Keeffe so renowned.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Rubin details the story of a remarkable woman, of the people she found as mentors, and the major influence of her eventual companion, Alfred Stieglitz. O'Keefe made a life in two radically different environments, New York City and the desert Southwest, using what she found in each as the subject matter for her art. Cityscapes at night with lighted windows created patterns for her that competed with the stars. She turned bleached bones into lyrical compositions whose esthetic power attracted large audiences. Her very large paintings of flowers became icons, helping establish her individuality. Rubin invites readers into the artist's life, from the early years when she developed her rejection of authority through her teaching experiences to her constant production of art. Along the way she associated with fellow artists and had a few romantic episodes. Anecdotes fill in the chronological presentation of the artistic road O'Keefe traveled as she gained great success in her long life, dying at ninety-eight. Her spirituality and her love for the desert lands was expressed when she told friends that her, "...spirit will walk here after I'm gone." The book is designed with text on different colored pages, with many fine reproductions of her work and some personal photographs. A bibliography is included. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
VOYA - Nancy Wallace
Born in 1887, Georgia O'Keefe's mother instilled in her an early love of books and education, influencing Georgia in what would become a lifelong passion for learning. She was not considered particularly talented artistically as a young girl but by the eighth grade, she announced, "I am going to become an artist." One of her earliest inspirations was a high school teacher who taught her to look for detail in the flower of a jack-in-the-pulpit. While in Chicago studying art, she suffered a severe case of measles. The illness affected her eyes, lessening her ability to include detail in her drawings. Although she taught art in various schools, her employment was interrupted by periods of intense study as her own artistic style emerged and matured. Her friendship and later marriage to Arthur Stieglitz, a New York gallery owner, immersed her in the intimate world of many renowned artists. The area around Ghost Ranch, which she loved, heavily influenced many of her most famous works. Peppered with O'Keefe's paintings and illustrations, each chapter depicts chronologically O'Keefe's unconventional views and lifestyle. The many photographs are well chosen, telling their own story of this multifaceted woman. The book's multicolored pages add to its charm, but can be distracting, making the text difficult to read. The narrative discusses the various periods of her artistic pursuits, although there may be too little information about the artist's media and technique for serious art students. Overall, this biography paints a complete portrait of an extraordinary woman who succeeded in a world dominated by male artists. Its readability, attractive format, and convenient length, make it an appealing choice for both school and public library collections. Reviewer: Nancy Wallace
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811869836
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 4/6/2011
  • Pages: 124
  • Sales rank: 787,846
  • Age range: 11 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 940L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Goldman Rubin is the widely known author of numerous nonfiction books for children. She lives in Malibu, California.

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