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

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1995 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 96 pages
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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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User Review  - lovinglife -

I thought this was a Christian book. In the first two chapters the author comments the artists were assumed to be homosexual. There are only carricatures of the artists and a few other illustrations. There are no copies of their paintings. It didn't serve my purposes. Read full review

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User Review  - Beth Dunay -

This book needs to be used along with other books. There is a stylized portrait of the artist, but no pictures of the artists work. For each artist there is about one page of information. Read full review


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About the author (1995)

Kathleen Krull is well known for her innovative, award-winning nonfiction for young people, including Lives of the Explorers, Lives of the Musicians, and all other books in this popular series illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt. She is also the author of Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez, illustrated by Yuyi Morales, as well as The Beatles Were Fab (and They Were Funny) and Lincoln Tells a Joke: How Laughter Saved the President (and the Country), both co-written with Paul Brewer and illustrated by Stacy Innerst. She lives in San Diego, California. Visit her website at . Kathryn Hewitt's caricatures of famous figures led kids to dub the Lives of . . . series the "Big Head" books. She has illustrated many books for young readers, some of which she also wrote. She lives in Santa Monica, California. Visit her website at .

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