Books about famous artists and art
Barba's Museum of Art
One late spring morning the American artist Jackson Pollock began work on the canvas that would ultimately come to be known as Number 1, 1950 (Lavender Mist).
Award-winning authors Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan use this moment as the departure point for a unique picture book about a great painter and the way in which he worked. Their lyrical text, drawn from Pollock's own comments and those made by members of his immediate circle, is perfectly complemented by vibrant watercolors by Robert Andrew Parker that honor his spirit of the artist without imitating his paintings.
A photographic reproduction of the finished painting, a short biography, a bibliography, and a detailed list of notes and sources that are fascinating reading in their own right make this an authoritative as well as beautiful book for readers of all ages.
Katie Meets the Impressionists
"This British import pays joyful homage to the world of the Impressionists. When Katie and her grandmother visit an art museum to celebrate the elder's birthday, the girl wanders into a gallery where she admires Claude Monet's The Luncheon.... With a blink of her eyes, Katie is magically transported into the painting... Lovely watercolors emulate the style of the Impressionists... Not only does this delightful fantasy succeed as art education, but it's a charming story as well." --School Library Journal
Katie Meets The Waterlilly Pond
Katie Meets Starry Starry Nigh
Katie and The Mona Lisa
In the garden with Van Gough
A Picnic with Monet
Van Gough and The Sunflowers
The Magical Garden of Claude Monet
Leonardo and The Flying Bird
Matisse and The King of Colour
Painting with Picasso
A Magical Day with Matisse
Linnea in Monet's Garden
Linnea has been in Paris. And she has visited the painter Claude Monet's garden! She even stood on the same little Japanese bridge that Monet painted so often in his pictures. In Paris, Linnea got to see many of the real paintings.
Now she can understand what it means to be called an Impressionist, and she knows a lot about Monet's life in the pink house where he lived with his eight children.
Twenty-five years after its original publication, this celebration of the wonder of art is available once again in an enlarged keepsake edition. The joy and inspiration Linnea discovers in Monet's garden will be eagerly embraced by a new generation of readers.
Monet Paints a Day
The Stories of the Mona Lisa: An Imaginary Museum Tale about the History of Modern Art
Throughout the book, Piotr acts as a guide, explaining to his daughter (and the reader) each genre of paintings in a clear, simple, and entertaining way. By the end of the book, we discover that he’s actually the artist who’s been painting all those Mona Lisas—and the results are spectacular. The Stories of the Mona Lisa is the perfect book for any child who loves art, history, and a good story.
Vincent Van Gough: Starry Starry Night
Fly. Kite, Fly
This was Giacomo’s chance to prove himself. He gathered his father’s old nets and traps and set out into the fields.
But Giacomo’s quest to impress his father and catch an evasive bird is foiled at every attempt because an old man is freeing every bird Giacomo catches. Finally Giacomo spots the bird he is after, perched in the window of the artist’s studio. In his rush to catch it, the boy frightens the bird away. Then he sees something on the old man’s table and has an idea. A delicious pun and play on words creates a perfect ending. Exploring an unknown aspect of one of history’s great artists, John Winch’s paintings are richly furnished with references to da Vinci’s paintings and inventions, brilliantly evoking the early-Renaissance setting, while his sparse text successfully conveys the increasing desperation of the struggling boy.
Ben and Gracie's Art Adventure
When Ben and Gracie visit their mum at the art gallery where she works, they lose themselves in the paintings of colonial artist Frederick McCubbin, venturing back in time to meet with new settlers to Australia. Transported into a raging dust storm before moving on to a forest glade, Ben and Gracie travel with their new friends and see for themselves the difficulties faced in the harsh Australian bush environment. But on venturing deeper into the forest in search of wildflowers, the pair come across fairies and lose their way at nightfall. Will they be able to find their way back to the settlers and the art gallery? Teachers' guide available at www.benandgracie.com.au
Inside the world of Tom Roberts: A Ben and Gracie Adventure
When Ben and Gracie go to meet their mum after work at the art gallery, they’re hoping the golden ticket they still have from their previous visit will again transport them into a painting. This time, they find themselves whisked back in time to the world of another colonial artist, Tom Roberts. When the young daughter of a settler family invites the pair back to her parents' farm, not only do they meet Tom Roberts himself and see him at work, but they also witness a robbery when bushrangers ambush a stagecoach. Will Ben and Gracie and their new friend be able to escape the cross-fire when troopers start shooting?
- A lavish introduction to 35 of the world’s best-known, best-loved paintings.
- Includes the Mona Lisa, Girl with a Pearl Earring, Van Gogh’s Sunflowers and The Scream.
- Simple and engaging text gives fascinating information about each painting, artist and art style.
- Beautifully presented with fabulous reproductions of the paintings and internet links to websites to find out more.
Picasso and the girl with a ponytail
The Pot that Juan Built
by Nancy Andrews-Goebel
Using the format of "The House That Jack Built", this book tells the story of Juan, a potter from Mexico. The book has a unique format, in that it has the poem form of the story on the left, and the narrative form on the right. Based on the life of artist Juan Quezada, this book is a great introduction to his pottery and the Mexican culture it arises from.
The First Starry Starry Night
When Pigasso met Mootisee
When Pigasso met Mootisse, what begins as a neighborly overture escalates into a mess. Before you can say paint-by-numbers, the two artists become fierce rivals, calling each other names and ultimately building a fence between them. But when the two painters paint opposite sides of the fence that divides them, they unknowingly create a modern art masterpiece, and learn it is their friendship that is the true work of art.