Georgia O’Keeffe

DK/The Met. (What the Artist Saw). Sept. 2021. 56p. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9780744033670.
Gr 3-7–This installment in the series shines. This volume spans artist Georgia O’Keeffe’s 98 years of life, from childhood to death. As with the other entries, this title also provides suggestions for ways that readers might experiment with some of O’Keeffe’s art technique or perspectives, such as, “Try zooming in on a small detail and drawing it really large!” Balkan deftly explains transition from realism to a more abstract perspective on the world. The book includes many other elements that, combined with Bloggs’s lively, colorful folk art style, make for a visually pleasing presentation. Some of these include a reproduction of 13 of O’Keeffe’s paintings in a time line format from 1915–1940, a glossary of art terms, and a clearly written, interesting account of the artist’s life that also shows an obvious respect for the artist’s self-assuredness, independence, and self-expression.
VERDICT Purchase to complement art history units and for biography shelves.

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