109th out of 132 books — 19 voters
Before They Were Famous: How Seven Artists Got Their Start
by Bob Raczka
When famous artists were kids, did they paint like artists? Or did they paint like kids? Find out for yourself in the pages of this book by art lover Bob Raczka. You'll see some of the first works ever done by seven well-known artists. You'll also learn plenty of fascinating facts about the artists' childhoods. You'll also learn plenty of fascinating facts about the artist...more
Library Binding, 32 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by Millbrook Press
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This young adult book briefly covers the childhood events that led seven artists to become famous. It contains fun factoids such as Paul Klee’s ability to write and draw with both hands – at the same time! Guess who played hooky? Michelangelo and Picasso often skipped school to spend the day studying art and artists in their communities. In the 1600s, European women were forbidden from practicing trades such as art, but Artemesia Gentileschi was allowed to apprentice with her artist father and l...more
Before they were Famous is a wonder inspirational book for young artists to see some of the early work of seven famous artists of various styles of art. Even though I believe with enough practice and drive anyone can teach them-self any skill they wish, it is clear that some have an innate gift. Filled with fascinating facts about each artist’s childhood and information about the pieces they are best known for. Loved it!
Samples of artwork from the childhood of famous artists, accompanied by short biographies, focusing on how they eventually became famous. A great piece of nonfiction that I really enjoyed reading and exploring. It made me curious to learn more about the lives of individual artists.