Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists

Mike Venezia is the author of this children's series. The books are geared for grade-school kids, covering the life of the artist and some of the famous paintings by each one. They're easy to understand. (I can handle these books, and art is definitely not my style.) Katie read these kiddie books over and over in her pre-teen years, and it was definitely a big factor in why she scored so high on the Humanities CLEP.

Right now, I need to know which of these books dovetail with our history studies. So here's the approximate chronological arrangement of the series:

1300 Giotto (Italian)

1500 Raphael (Italian)
1500 da Vinci (Italian)
1500 Michelangelo (Italian)
1500 Botticelli (Italian)
1550 Bruegel (Dutch)
1550 Titian (Italian)
1575 el Greco (Spanish)

1650 Rembrandt (Dutch)
1650 Vermeer (Dutch)
1650 Velazquez (Spanish)

1800 Goya (Spanish)
1850 Eugene Delacroix (French)

1875 Camille Pissarro (French)
1875 Degas (French)
1875 Renoir (French)
1875 Monet (French)
1875 Mary Cassatt (American-French)

1875 Georges Seurat (French)
1875 Winslow Homer (American)

1875 Cezanne (French)
1875 Van Gogh (Dutch)
1875 Gauguin
1875 Toulouse-Lautrec (French)
1875 James Whistler (American-British)

1900 Frederic Remington (American West)

1900 Henri Rousseau (French)
1925 Matisse (French)
1925 Picasso (Spanish)
1950 Chagall (Russian-French)
1950 Salvador Dali (Spanish)

1925 Grant Wood (American)
1925 Edward Hopper (American)
1950 Norman Rockwell (American)
1950 Grandma Moses (American)
1950 Georgia O'Keefe (American)

1950 Frida Kahlo (Mexican)
1950 Diego Rivera (Mexican)

1950 Jackson Pollack (American)
1960 Andy Warhol (American)
1960 Roy Lichtenstein (American)

Paul Klee (early 1900s, Swiss)
Rene Magritte (early 1900s, Belgian surrealist)
Dorothy Lange (photographer during the Depression)
Horace Pippin (early 1900s, slavery and segregation)
Alexander Calder (1900s, American sculpture and mobiles)
Jacob Lawrence (late 1900s, American cubist)
Faith Ringgold (late 1900s, American, story quilts)

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