Lives of the Artists

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Lives of the Artists

Masterpieces, Messes (and What the Neighbors Thought)

By Kathleen Krull; Kathryn Hewitt (Illustrator)

Harcourt Brace and Company, Hardcover, 9780152001032, 96pp.

Publication Date: October 31, 1995

Most people can name some famous artists and recognize their best-known works. But what's behind all that painting, drawing, and sculpting? What was Leonardo da Vinci's snack of choice while he painted Mona Lisa's mysterious smile? Why did Georgia O'Keeffe find bones so appealing? Who called Diego Rivera "Frog-Face"? And what is it about artists that makes both their work and their lives so fascinating to themselves, to their curious neighbors, and to all of us? This book presents the humor and the tragedy in twenty artists' lives as no biography has done before.

About the Author
Kathleen Krull has written much innovative nonfiction for young people, including all of the books in the "Lives of . . ." series, and has made a chatty, accessible approach to biography her hallmark. She lives in San Diego, California. Visit her website at Kathryn Hewitt's caricatures of famous figures led kids to dub the "Lives of . . ." series the "Big Head" books. She has illustrated many books for young readers, some of which she also wrote. She lives in Santa Monica, California. Visit her website at