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Grade 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
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Gr. 4^-6. From the eclectic series that began with Lives of the Musicians: Good Times, Bad Times (and What the Neighbors Thought) (1993) comes a volume devoted to visual artists. The subject seems well suited to Krull's format: informative short biographies that focus on the subjects' personal lives and eccentricities rather than chronologies of their masterpieces. A few notes on major artworks follow each biography. Among the 19 artists discussed are Leonardo, Bruegel, Cassatt, Van Gogh, Picasso, O'Keefe, Dali, Noguchi, Rivera, Kahlo, and Warhol. Each chapter begins with one of Hewitt's distinctive portrait paintings, handsome caricatures of the artists and a few significant or distinctive objects indicating their interests and individual traits. A lively, entertaining presentation. Carolyn Phelan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
Easy read for young adults but informative and enjoying for all! :)Published 2 months ago by Dynamite
I bought this series for my elementary library for fourth grade students to do research using. I had to move it into our professional collection because although it appears to be... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mary LaPointe
I thought this would be appropriate for young readers to get interested in the artists. It is clearly meant for an older group of readers than 8 year olds.Published 7 months ago by Jean Eves
We got this, initially, from the library and had to return it before reading it. I read through the foreward, though, and thought the book sounded so good that I bought it off... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Michelle
This series of books is great for elementary school kids. I bought the series for child's teacher.Published 10 months ago by Sbdomingues
This book provides some insight into the quirkier aspects of the lives of some of the most famous artists. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Memphis Mom
I teach Art Appreciation at a high school and love this book! It's an easy, fun read and chalk full of fun, gossipy facts about many famous artists. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Sara R. Lanigan
Very interesting book with lots of tongue and cheek humor. Great for the reluctant preteen or teen reader.Published 13 months ago by dianne oneill
I bought this for my 10 year old granddaughter. I think that it is a nice introduction to the world of art for children. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Mari Cristi