Henri Matisse, artist
Dec. 31, 1869-Nov. 3, 1954
A Bird or Two: A Story About Henri Matisse by Bijou Le Tord (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 1999)
This tribute to the French artist, known as the father of modern art, focuses on Matisse’s later years, when he lived in Nice and was inspired by its extraordinary light.
View a collection of Matisse art and a bio at the WebMuseum, Paris.
Emily Carr, artist
Dec. 13, 1871-Mar. 2, 1945
Emily Carr: At the Edge of the World by Jo Ellen Bogart, illustrated by Maxwell Newhouse (Tundra Books, 2003)
A Canadian artist whose work focused mostly on the Native peoples of the Northwest is featured in this book about her life. From her childhood through her later years, Carr’s incredible work is reproduced alongside the narrative.
See Emily Carr at home and at work on a website devoted to her.
Diego Rivera, artist
Dec. 8, 1886-Nov. 24, 1857
Diego by Jonah Winter, illustrated by Jeanette Winter (Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2007)
This bilingual biography about Diego Rivera, celebrates the life of the incredible Mexican muralist. Brilliant folk-art illustrations compliment the text.
Visit The Virtual Diego Rivera Web Museum and take a look at the work of one of the greatest muralists.
Georges-Pierre Seurat, artist
Dec. 2, 1859-Mar. 29, 1891
Seurat and La Grande Jatte: Connecting the Dots by Robert Burleigh (Abrams, 2004)
Focused on a single painting by the French painter Seurat, the author weaves in the story of the artist’s life.
Seurat’s masterpiece, Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte was the subject of an exhibition at The Art Institute of Chicago.
Isamu Noguchi, artist
Nov. 17, 1904-Dec. 30, 1988
Lives of the Artists: Masterpieces, Messes (and What the Neighbors Thought) by Kathleen Krull, illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt (Harcourt, 1995)
Although Noguchi was discouraged from pursuing art, thank goodness he persisted. Now, works of this important sculptor can be found in Detroit and Atlanta, to name just a few places.
The Noguchi Museum has exhibitions and collections that feature Noguchi’s life and work. Visit online today.
See also the Aaron Copland (November 13) and Martha Graham (May 11) collaboration of Ballet for Martha: Making Appalacian Spring.