Artist in Overalls Life of Grant Wood by John Duggleby
  

Synopsis

Artist in Overalls Life of Grant Wood by John Duggleby

The renowned painting American Gothic is famous around the world, but what do we know about the artist? This lively biography follows Grant Wood as he develops from a shy farm boy into a celebrated artist. This is the first published biography of this American artist specifically geared to young readers. It is complete with an instructional afterword to help young artists learn to draw and a listing of museums where Grant Wood's work can be seen.

Reviews

-- KIRKUS REVIEWS,

May 1996 The most famous American painting may be Wood's American Gothic, with its weathered, pitchfork-holding farmer and an aproned wife. Readers meet the mid-Western farm boy who studied art in France and Germany, but always returned to America's heartland. His style was clean and photographically precise his landscapes .. .real--and not quite real--at the same time. Critics called his style Regionalism and began to notice and celebrate American painters. Duggleby's title is fittingly large and square, with cover and endpapers decorated with cows, chickens, and farm implements. Wood's painting's are beautifully reproduced, most in full color, and the wide margins, decorated chapter headings, and clear typeface make the book a pleasure to read. The author write's with great skill telling Wood's story not simply with dates and places, but with anecdotes, descriptions, and snatches of conversation. He brings the artist to life--his shyness and stubborness, his dreams and disappointments, his way of winning friends and his determination to paint in his own way. He makes Wood out to be a person worth knowing and knowing about. Few books, if any, are available on the subject. This gem of a book is marred only by a lack of documentation. -- BOSTON BOOK REVIEW,

a biography of the great American artist Grant Wood, is about integrity and perseverance. Wood was born on a farm in Iowa

About the Author

John Duggleby was born and raised in the rolling hills of lowa where Grant Wood lived and painted, and he studied journalism at the University of lowa, where Grant Wood taught. John lives with his four year-old daughter, Katie, in McFarland, Wisconsin. This is his fifth book for children.

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Book Info

Format

Hardback
48 pages
Interest Age: 8-12+

Author

John Duggleby
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Publisher

Chronicle Books

Publication date

27th June 1996

ISBN

9780811812429


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