Inspiring Books About Famous Artists

There are many books that have been written about famous artists. Some of these books are autobiographies, while others are collections of essays. Regardless of the format, these books provide inspiration and insight into the lives and work of some of history’s most well-known painters, sculptors, and musicians. Here are five of our favorite books about famous artists.

1. Henri’s Scissors by Jeanette Winter

Confined to a wheelchair in the later stages of his life, Henri Matisse began creating the large whimsical paper cutouts that grew to become the defining part of his oeuvre.

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2. Art is Everywhere: A Book About Andy Warhol by Jeff Mack

Andy Warhol gave the world more than iconic Campbell’s soup cans and prints of celebrities – he contributed to an entirely new genre of creative expression called ‘pop art’ which has revolutionized 20th-century art, movies, and magazines.

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3. Monet Paints a Day by Julie Danneberg

Claude Monet was an iconic artist who contributed to the impressionism movement in Europe. This compelling story tells his life story using beautiful watercolor illustrations to bring his famous artwork to life.

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4. The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau

Henri Rousseau painted beautiful and lush jungle landscapes as well as colorful birds and wild animals. His lust for life was evidenced by his use of bright, saturated colors and natural themes.

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5. Vincent Can’t Sleep: Van Gogh Paints the Night Sky by Barb Rosenstock

This amazing picture book is based on a true story that details the nighttime journeys that inspired one of the most beloved and famous paintings of the 20th century: Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh.

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