Painters

Frederic Edwin Church and the National Landscape

By Franklin Kelly

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An analysis of Church's paintings between 1845 and 1860, culminating in his "Twilight in the Wilderness." The author posits that these paintings "address matters of pressing importance and interest to the American nation."

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Jackson Pollock: An American Saga

By Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith

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Take an in-depth look at the life of Jackson Pollock, one of the most influential and controversial artists of the twentieth century.

On Film:
Pollock, the 2000 film based on Naifeh and Smith's biography, stars Ed Harris and Marcia Gay Harden. Ed Harris delivers one of the best performances of his life and Harden's portrayal of Pollock's wife, Lee Krasner, earned her the 2001 Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. For more on Jackson Pollock, be sure to watch the documentary Jackson Pollock: Love and Death on Long Island.

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Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo

By Hayden Herrera

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This engrossing biography of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo reveals a woman of extreme magnetism and originality, an artist whose sensual vibrancy came straight from her own experiences: her childhood near Mexico City during the Mexican Revolution; a devastating accident at age eighteen that left her crippled and unable to bear children; her tempestuous marriage to muralist Diego Rivera and intermittent love affairs with men as diverse as Isamu Noguchi and Leon Trotsky; her association with the Communist Party; her absorption in Mexican folklore and culture; and her dramatic love of spectacle.

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Salma Hayek delivers one of the best performances of her career in Frida, a vividly imaginative film based on Herrera's biography of the fascinating Frida Kahlo.

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Audobon : Painter of Birds in the Wild frontier

By Jennifer Armstrong ; ill. by Jos. A. Smith

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Briefly tells the story of this nineteenth-century painter and naturalist who is most famous for his detailed paintings of birds. Suggested for ages 4-8.
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