Nonfiction Monday is hosted today by Shelf-employed.
My selection is "Before They Were Famous: how seven artists got their start" by Bob Raczka.
This 2011 offering compares and contrasts the youthful artistic attempts by artists from Michelangelo to Picasso with one of their most recognized adult works. Short biographies are readily accessible and include photos or self-portraits of the artists. The discussions of their work are accompanied by full-page reproductions that invite the eye and provide opportunities for study.
Today's aspiring young artists will enjoy the opportunity to view early works such as Klee's pen and ink drawing of his bedroom and perhaps find inspiration and encouragement from the childhood examples by some of the great masters of art.