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Charles Marion Russell was the first artist to live most of his life in the West, sketching and painting not only from live subjects, but from actual experience. Becoming a frontiersman at a young age in 1880, he rode and worked with horses on a daily basis, something that no other Western artist had done before. This biography for children is the first of its kind about Russell, and the subject’s own vibrant paintings illustrate his life story. It follows Russell from his school days through adulthood and reveals how he held on to his dreams, living out a child’s cowboy fantasy.
Featuring forty-one vibrant black and white photographs and illustrations, this book includes details of Gordon Parks’ life and his work. Included are his photographs of the poor, stylish Parisian models, and the Civil Rights movement.
In this collection of masterpieces from cherished female painters and sculptors, Linda L. Osmundson celebrates the accomplishments of female artists and the beauty of the American West. Despite social norms that belittled women’s talents, these intrepid ladies mastered traditional still life, portrait, and landscape techniques and pioneered new art forms that garnered high praise. Selections included here are pulled from Georgia O’Keefe’s stunning paintings, Sally James Farnham’s realistic bronzes, Grace Carpenter Hudson’s luminous oil paintings of Pomo Indians, and Edith Hamlin’s wall murals of the Pueblo people.
Young readers will learn about art appreciation and life in the Old West with this interactive picture book. Questions keyed to selected works by Western artist Frederic Remington are designed to encourage children to examine certain aspects of his paintings and sculptures. Each set of inquiries is followed by brief insights into the production and history behind the piece.
Although not much is known about Leonardo da Vinci’s childhood, one rare story exists. When Leonardo was a young boy, his father received a request from a friend to have a shield painted. Knowing how talented his son was, he naturally asked Leonardo. Leonardo set out to paint a monster, a monster so terrifying even his father thought it to be real.
At age ten, María Montoya Martínez was stricken with smallpox. Near death, she lay limply in her mother's arms, unable even to swallow the herbal teas offered her. All the attempts to revive her seemed to have failed. Trying one last remedy, her aunt and mother filled the hearth with thick green cedar boughs and smoked the room, waving the fumes towards the sick little girl. María’s mother desperately prayed to Santo Niño, the children’s saint, promising that if María lived, she would send her on a pilgrimage to see him. María lived to make the pilgrimage and enjoy a long life. But she was forever marked by this event.
Illustrated with Cassatt’s own work and that of other influential Impressionists, as well as photographs of the artist, this book offers children a glimpse at life during the late 1800s and showcases the colorful vivaciousness of Cassatt’s work. Her beloved portraits of mothers and children are highlighted here, but the book also includes lesser-known work that shows Cassatt’s range of talent. Children will enjoy seeing the warm and loving images of others their age relaxing with pets, enjoying the outdoors, and being held by caring adults.
Henri Matisse (1869-1954) is considered the most important French painter of the 20th century. A master of the use of color, Matisse founded the Fauvist school of painting, whose members were known for using bold and iconoclastic hues. During his long and productive career, Matisse experimented in several other media, most notably collage and stained glass. Hardcover.
This biography for young readers follows the life of popular American artist Maxfield Parrish, who helped develop the future of visual arts in the United States. A model for future generations, Parrish brought his daydreams to life and shared them with everyone through posters, calendars, murals, advertisements, and illustrated children’s books. Replicas of the artist’s work, including his famous landscapes, accompany his story.
Renoir for Kids contains 8 reproductions of his favorite paintings, including Young Girls at the Piano and Girl with a Hoop, in a toddler-friendly board book format. Hardcover.
In this extraordinary picture book, author Joan Schoettler imparts the life of a remarkable woman, teacher, and artist. Ruth Asawa’s life journey is one filled with injustice, learning, and expression.
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