We Are Artists: Women Who Made Their Mark on the World

Thames & Hudson. Sept. 2019. 144p. bibliog. glossary. index. Tr $19.95. ISBN 9780500651964.
Gr 6-8–Each section of this attractive and colorful book opens with a brief narrative that imagines the artist in her element— dreaming, creating, or experiencing a moment in her life that inspired or was inspired by her art. These intimate scenes connect readers to the artist on an emotional level and then dive into a straightforward and traditional biographical essay about the artist’s life, work, and impact on art history. Readers learn about various art trends and the philosophies behind them. Different styles of art and their purposes are explored, including photomontage, sculpture, drawing, and painting. The profiled artists include Frida Kahlo and Georgia O’Keefe and less-familiar faces like Kenojuak Ashevak, an Inuit artist from Canada, and Lyubov Popova, a Russian artist and key member of the Constructivist art movement. Portraits of each artist are featured along with reproductions of their well-known works. A glossary, bibliography for each artist, and list of paintings are appended.
VERDICT By thoughtfully and elegantly portraying the connection between personal experience and the creative process, this inspiring collection is perfect for readers who may have previously found art inaccessible or hard to understand. An additional purchase for art history and biography collections.

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