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Here's Looking at Me: How Artists See Themselves (Bob Raczka's Art Adventures)

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Have you ever drawn a picture of yourself? If you have, then you know what a self-portrait is. Most artists make self-portraits as a way to practice. By drawing or painting or even photographing their own faces, they learn how to look at the world around them. And as the lucky viewers of their work, we learn what they thought about themselves. In Here's Looking at Me, Bob ...more
Library, 32 pages
Published March 1st 2006 by Millbrook Press (first published January 2006)
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Dec 24, 2010 Carol rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction-arts
The book introduces fourteen artists by giving a clear introductory analysis on their self-portriats. Artists mentioned include Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), Henri Rouseau (1844-1910), M.C. Escher (1898-1972)and Chuck Close (1940-).

There are many self-assured painters like Diego Velazauez and Henri Rousseau. The former one does not paint himeself as the focus of the picture - Las Meninas, but hides himself off to the side. This implies that he is very proud of being a painter for the royal fami
Jun 05, 2010 Amy rated it really liked it
Shelves: art
A quick art-history tour through self-portraits, this book helps tutor non-experts in what a painting can reveal about the painter. Raczka provides just enough background information to clarify things about the picture and just enough discussion about the paintings to provoke thought. I love the page on Las Meninas by Diego Velasquez. This masterpiece seems to have endless power to fascinate in different ways. He also includes two works by women painters of the Italian Renaissance that I was unf ...more
Dec 17, 2013 Cyndi rated it it was amazing
I previewed this book for a budding artiste I know, then quickly recommended to his mom that she check it out. I loved the paintings chosen by the author and the reasons why. How artists see themselves is no different in how people see themselves but how they express it is fascinating. The author did an excellent job in explaining terms and pointing the viewer to subleties in the paintings that can easily be missed. I was struck by the creativeness of each chosen work and appreciate how each of ...more
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Dec 12, 2012 Benjamin N. rated it really liked it
The book Here's Looking At Me:How Artists See Themselfs was a very informative book about artists and how they view themselves and their work. It also showed a self portrait of each artist in the book. Another cool thing about this book is that though its short it somehow gets so much information into you after finishing the book. If anyone is looking for a short read about art then this is the book for you.
Sep 23, 2008 Michelle rated it it was amazing
After reading this book, students will flock to the shelves looking for more substantial works on the artists presented within. As the meaning behind objects in the self-portraits is revealed through explicit instruction, students learn that art history is fun,fascinating and accessible. Nice layout and high quality color photos of the art add to the positive experience of reading this book
Apr 25, 2010 A. rated it really liked it
Shelves: art
Interesting book. I guess any art teacher would love to have it in her class room

Each self-portrait had a page full of comments.


Albrecht Durer
Sofonisba Anguissola
Artemisia Gentileschi
Diego Velazquez
Jan Vermeer
Francisco de Goya
Henri Rousseau
Vincent Van Gogh
Marc Chagall
Norman Rockwell
M.C. Escher
Jacob Lawrence
Chuck Close
Cindy Sherman

May 06, 2011 Michelle rated it really liked it
This is another of Raczka'a excellent art books. Instead of the simple text however he dedicates a page for an explanation of each self-portrait and why it is important to art history. I enjoy that he chose a range of paintings from early Renaissance to the present.
Jun 28, 2011 Janet rated it it was ok
This title by Raczka was not as creative as some of his other ones. Several of the artists were obscure. I did like the commentary on Norman Rockwell's self portrait which includes self portraits of four other artists who were favorites of Rockwell's.
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