Georgia O'Keeffe She saw the world in a flower

Gabrielle Balkan

Book - 2021

A picture book biography of the life of American painter Georgia O'Keeffe. Includes a time line of her works as well as related art appreciation activities.

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Series
What the artist saw.
Subjects
Genres
Creative nonfiction
Biographies
Picture books
Published
New York, NY : DK Publishing 2021.
Edition
First American edition
Language
English
Item Description
"The Met DK" -- Cover.
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN
9780744033670
0744033675
Main Author
Gabrielle Balkan (author)
Other Authors
Josy Bloggs (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* This lively picture-book biography of artist Georgia O'Keeffe begins with her happy childhood on a Wisconsin dairy farm and traces her education as an artist, the evolution of her painting style, and her discovery of the New Mexico landscape that became increasingly inspirational and iconic in her paintings. The text is concise, well organized, and informative. By discussing O'Keeffe's vivid, colorful recollections of scenes from her childhood, an early art teacher who taught her to look closely at her subject before drawing, and a college professor who emphasized the artist's license to interpret what she saw instead of simply reproducing it, Balkan gives weight and meaning to the name of the What the Artist Saw series (2 titles). Attractive full-color illustrations capture the look of different eras as well as the artist's developing style. Small reproductions of O'Keeffe's paintings are appended. Written in cursive, occasional prompts ("Look up at the sky. Try painting the weather") encourage readers to try activities related to the text. A brief, insightful introduction to the artist's life and work. Grades 2-4. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* This lively picture-book biography of artist Georgia O'Keeffe begins with her happy childhood on a Wisconsin dairy farm and traces her education as an artist, the evolution of her painting style, and her discovery of the New Mexico landscape that became increasingly inspirational and iconic in her paintings. The text is concise, well organized, and informative. By discussing O'Keeffe's vivid, colorful recollections of scenes from her childhood, an early art teacher who taught her to look closely at her subject before drawing, and a college professor who emphasized the artist's license to interpret what she saw instead of simply reproducing it, Balkan gives weight and meaning to the name of the What the Artist Saw series (2 titles). Attractive full-color illustrations capture the look of different eras as well as the artist's developing style. Small reproductions of O'Keeffe's paintings are appended. Written in cursive, occasional prompts ("Look up at the sky. Try painting the weather") encourage readers to try activities related to the text. A brief, insightful introduction to the artist's life and work. Grades 2-4. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 3–7—This installment in the series shines. This volume spans artist Georgia O'Keeffe's 98 years of life, from childhood to death. As with the other entries, this title also provides suggestions for ways that readers might experiment with some of O'Keeffe's art technique or perspectives, such as, "Try zooming in on a small detail and drawing it really large!" Balkan deftly explains transition from realism to a more abstract perspective on the world. The book includes many other elements that, combined with Bloggs's lively, colorful folk art style, make for a visually pleasing presentation. Some of these include a reproduction of 13 of O'Keeffe's paintings in a time line format from 1915–1940, a glossary of art terms, and a clearly written, interesting account of the artist's life that also shows an obvious respect for the artist's self-assuredness, independence, and self-expression. VERDICT Purchase to complement art history units and for biography shelves.—Maggie Chase, Boise State Univ., ID Copyright 2021 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A picture book biography of the life of American painter Georgia O'Keeffe. Includes a time line of her works as well as related art appreciation activities.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Introduces children to the famous American painter Georgia O’Keeffe, revealing what led her to look closely at nature to create her iconic paintings of flowers and bones, and how her life and art inspires kids to create their own masterpieces. Illustrations.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

See the world through Georgia O'Keeffe's eyes and be inspired to produce your own masterpieces.Have you ever wondered exactly what your favorite artists were looking at to make them draw, sculpt, or paint the way they did? In this charming illustrated series of books to keep and collect, created in full collaboration with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, you can see what they saw, and be inspired to create your own artworks, too. In What the Artist Saw: Georgia O'Keeffe, meet famous American painter Georgia O'Keeffe. Step into her life and learn what led her to look closely at nature and paint her iconic paintings of flowers and bones. See the vast New Mexico landscapes that inspired her work. Have a go at producing your own close-up still-life artworks! Follow the artists' stories and find intriguing facts about their environments and key masterpieces. Then see what you can see and make your own art. Take a closer look at landscapes, or even yourself, with Vincent van Gogh. Try crafting a story in fabric like Faith Ringgold, or carve a woodblock print at home with Hokusai. Every book in this series is one to treasure and keep - perfect for budding young artists to explore exhibitions with, then continue their own artistic journeys. © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York