Art Encounters brings the work of famous artists to life through thrilling and evocative stories that reflect the individual paintings featured. This new series of historical fiction introduces young readers to the styles, methods, techniques, and influences of great painters.
History and fiction merge in this uplifting novel about a boy whose artistic talent awaits a great mind to uncover it. A child of the Depression, Parker begins his relationship with O'Keeffe by stealing her property, notably a camera. She is prepared to let him rot in jail when she develops the photos he has taken with the stolen camera and recognizes the boy's raw ability.
Set against the backdrop of New Mexico's stark beauty, Parker's struggle to find his artistic vision clashes with O'Keeffe's fierce independence and private nature. Parker tries to connect with his surroundings through the use of a camera, while O'Keeffe uses it as an aid for finding points of view otherwise difficult to obtain.
This book is a literary interpretation of O'Keeffe's painting Ram's Skull with Brown Leaves, as well as an intimate look at the artist's fame, her relationship with Alfred Stieglitz, and her creative process.
Georgia O'Keeffe in New Mexico
Georgia O'Keeffe's single greatest inspiration was the New Mexican desert. She went "half mad with love for the place." There O'Keeffe collected the dry, white animal bones scattered over the desert, and painted her first "bone" paintings, including Ram's Skull with Brown Leaves.
After 1934, she returned to New Mexico every summer, moving there permanently after the death of her husband, the art impresario Alfred Stieglitz.
When O'Keeffe visited the Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico, she knew immediately that she wanted to live there. Later, she bought and restored an abandoned hacienda nearby. Although failing eyesight forced her to stop painting with oil in the 70's, she continued to use pencil and watercolor. Active long into her later years, O'Keeffe died in 1986 at the age of 98.
· For readers ages 12 and up
· The first book in the new Art Encounters series
· The story is based around O'Keeffe's painting Ram's Skull with Brown Leaves (Roswell Museum and Art Center, Roswell, NM)
· Georgia O'Keeffe is one of the top five most studied artists in American schools
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Kathleen Kudlinski is the author of numerous books, including Sojourner Truth (0-689-85274-6) and Facing West (0-140-36914-7). Her work has been repeatedly chosen as selections of the Weekly Reader Book Club and Scholastic Book Clubs. She lives in
Grade 6-9–The Great Depression and the world of Georgia O'Keeffe are subject and setting in this entry in a new art historical-fiction series. Parker, 15, loses his family during the Texas dust storms of the '30s, so he sets out for greener pastures in California. Months of walking, thirst, and hunger nearly finish him off, but encounters with an employee of the Ghost Ranch in New Mexico, a Native American spirit, and the famous artist offer a glimmer of hope. Kudlinski evokes the extremes of desert life, from desolation to sun-baked beauty, and then depicts the environment's mesmerizing effect on her characters: e.g., Parker's thirst-inspired hallucinations and O'Keeffe's focused awe. Parker ultimately becomes the painter's photographic assistant, a device offering ample opportunity for describing her home, methods, paintings, and personality–all well researched. The author does not shy away from controversial topics, such as the eroticism of O'Keeffe's art noted by critics. There are enough surprises to keep the pages turning, despite the obvious intent of the book. The notion of "spirit" is woven effectively into a variety of contexts. While teens may not find this title on their own, it would certainly breathe life into a number of curricular-content areas.–Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library
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Descripción Watson-Guptill, 2005. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería M0823004082
Descripción Watson-Guptill, 2005. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Never used!. Nº de ref. de la librería P110823004082