July 22 Birthday: EDWARD HOPPER PAINTS HIS WORLD

Edward Hopper, painter
b. July 22, 1882
d. May 15, 1967

EDWARD HOPPER PAINTS HIS WORLD
(Henry Holt, 2014)

Overview

As a boy,
Edward Hopper knew exactly what he wanted to be when he grew up: on the
cover of his pencil box, he wrote the words EDWARD HOPPER, WOULD-BE
ARTIST. He traveled to New York and to Paris to hone his craft. And even
though no one wanted to buy his paintings for a long time, he never
stopped believing in his dream to be an artist. He was fascinated with
painting light and shadow and his works explore this challenge.
Edward Hopper’s story is one of
courage, resilience, and determination. In this striking picture book
biography, Robert Burleigh and Wendell Minor invite young readers into
the world of a truly special American painter (most celebrated for his
paintings “Nighthawks” and “Gas”).

July 22 Birthday: Alexander Calder. SANDY’S CIRCUS

Alexander Calder, artist
July 22, 1898-Nov. 11, 1976


Sandy’s Circus: A Story About Alexander Calder by Tanya Lee Stone, illustrated by Boris Kulikov (Viking, 2008)

A childhood fascination with found objects, tinkering and the circus would lead Alexander “Sandy” Calder to create a miniature, movable circus as an adult. This portable circus, which he packed up in five suitcases, was the precursor of Calder’s later invention—the mobile.

A Google Images search for Alexander Calder will yield pages and pages of his amazing work.