November 15 Birthday: GEORGIA IN HAWAII: WHEN GEORGIA O’KEEFFE PAINTED WHAT SHE PLEASED

Georgia O’Keeffe
November 15,1887 – March 6, 1986

GEORGIA IN HAWAII: WHEN GEORGIA O’KEEFFE PAINTED WHAT SHE PLEASED
by Amy Novesky
illustrated by Yuyi Morales

Georgia O’Keeffe was famous for painting exactly what she wanted,
whether flowers or skulls. Who would ever dare to tell her what to
paint? The Hawaiian Pineapple Company tried. Luckily for them, Georgia
fell in love with Hawaii. There she painted the beloved green islands,
vibrant flowers, feathered fishhooks, and the blue, blue sea. But did
she paint what the pineapple company wanted most of all? Amy Novesky’s
lyrical telling of this little-known story and Yuyi Morales’s gorgeous
paintings perfectly capture Georgia’s strong artistic spirit. The
book includes an author’s note, illustrator’s note, bibliography, map of
the islands, and endpapers that identify Georgia’s favorite Hawaiian
flowers.

For more information, see the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum website. 

November 14 Birthday: CLAUDE MONET: THE PAINTER WHO STOPPED THE TRAINS

Claude Monet
Oscar-Claude Monet
November 14, 1840 – December 5, 1926

CLAUDE MONET: THE PAINTER WHO STOPPED THE TRAINS
by P.I. Maltbie
Illustrated by Jos. A. Smith
(Abrams, 2010)

Young
readers will learn how Claude Monet came to paint trains as well as how
he forever changed the minds of critics about his art and about the
Impressionists in general. When his nine-year-old son raves over trains
passing by in the countryside, Monet wishes his own art could excite
critics as much as trains captivate his son. The book explains his
painting technique, how critics viewed him and the other Impressionists,
and how he came to paint trains.
Jos.
A. Smith’s beautiful illustrations are paired with P. I. Maltbie’s
comprehensive text to create an inspiring tale of Monet. The book also
includes an author’s note, reproductions of some of Monet’s paintings, a
time line, a list of North American museums that house Monet’s
paintings, a bibliography, and an index.

“A handsome and
child-friendly introduction to the Impressionist master. The narrative
works well, and much information is thoughtfully, accessibly presented.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Smith expertly illuminates the changing
landscape of an evolving world, as Maltbie’s thoughtful story of
inspiration and imagination highlights a less remembered portion of
Monet’s work.” –Publishers Weekly

Check out some of Monet’s art at the Claude Monet online gallery:  http://www.claudemonetgallery.org/

July 25 Birthday – Maxfield Parrish, MAXFIELD PARRISH: PAINTER OF MAGICAL MAKE-BELIEVE

Maxfield Parrish, painter
July 25, 1870-March 30,1966

Maxfield Parrish: Painter of Magical Make-Believe by Lois V. Harold (Pelican Publishing Co., 2011)

The life story of Maxfield Parrish who was known for his imagination, style, and use of color. Maxfield helped develop the future of visual arts in the United States. A model for future generations, Parrish brought his daydreams to life and created posters, calendars, murals, ads, illustrations, and paintings. Named as one of the three most popular print artists in the 1920s, his work was enjoyed by millions and still hangs in collections around the nation.

July 25 Birthday: Maxfield Parrish. MAXFIELD PARRISH: PAINTER OF MAGICAL MAKE BELIEVE

Maxfield Parrish, painter
July 25, 1870 – March 30, 1966

MAXFIELD PARRISH: PAINTER OF MAGICAL MAKE-BELIEVE (Pelican, 2011) by Lois V. Harris.

From Publishers Weekly:

Studded
with Parrish’s artwork and words, this overview of the life of the
American illustrator moves briskly through his early artistic efforts
and travels into his studies at Haverford College and the Pennsylvania
Academy of Fine Arts, his marriage at age 25, and the explosive success
and popularity of his work. Period b&w photographs of Parrish join
several full-color reproductions of his illustrations that range from
advertisements for seeds and Jell-O to luminous paintings including The
Lantern Bearers and Hill Top Farm, Winter. It’s an affectionate tribute
to an influential illustrator whose “art brightened millions of homes.”

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”).