An Eye for Art

Focusing on Great Artists and Their Work

This family-oriented art resource introduces children to more than 50 great artists and their work, with corresponding activities and explorations that inspire artistic development, focused looking, and creative writing. Grouped around seven general themes, the book highlights works from different time periods to encourage comparisons among them. We hope the book will inspire children to develop "an eye for art."

Timeline of Artists

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Giotto, c. 1266–1337 (Italian)
Fra Angelico, c. 1395–1455 (Italian)
Rogier van der Weyden, c. 1399/1400–1464 (Netherlandish)
Fra Filippo Lippi, c. 1406–1469 (Italian)
Leonardo da Vinci, 1452–c. 1520 (Italian)
Raphael, 1483–1520 (Italian)
Giuseppe Arcimboldo, 1526–1593 (Italian)
Sir Peter Paul Rubens, 1577–1640 (Flemish)
Osias Beert the Elder, c. 1580–1624 (Flemish)
Hendrick Avercamp,1585–1634 (Dutch)
Willem Claesz Heda, 1593/1594–1680 (Dutch)
Rembrandt van Rijn, 1606–1669 (Dutch)
Jan Davidsz de Heem, 1606–1683/1684 (Dutch)
Jan Steen, 1625/1626–1679 (Dutch)
Johannes Vermeer, 1632–1675 (Dutch)
Giovanni Paolo Panini, 1691–1765 (Italian)
Canaletto, 1697–1768 (Italian)
Claude-Joseph Vernet, 1714–1789 (French)
John Singleton Copley, 1738–1815 (American)
Jacques-Louis David, 1748–1825 (French)
Élisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun, 1755 – 1842 (French)
Joseph Mallord William Turner, 1775–1851 (British)
John Constable, 1776–1837 (British)
John James Audubon, 1785–1851 (American)
George Catlin, 1796–1872 (American)
Martin Johnson Heade, 1819–1904 (American)
Jasper Francis Cropsey, 1823–1900 (American)
Édouard Manet, 1832–1883 (French)
Edgar Degas, 1834–1917 (French)
Winslow Homer, 1836–1910 (American)
Thomas Moran, 1837–1926 (American)
Claude Monet, 1840–1926 (French)
Mary Cassatt, 1844–1926 (American)
Paul Gauguin, 1848–1903 (French)
Augustus Saint-Gaudens, 1848–1907 (American)
Vincent van Gogh, 1853–1890 (Dutch)
Henri Matisse, 1869–1954 (French)
André Derain, 1880–1954 (French)
Pablo Picasso, 1881–1973 (Spanish)
George Bellows, 1882–1925 (American)
Diego Rivera, 1886–1957 (Mexican)
Georgia O’Keeffe, 1887–1986 (American)
Joan Miró, 1893–1983 (Spanish)
Alexander Calder, 1898–1976 (American)
Romare Bearden, 1911–1988 (American)
Jackson Pollock, 1912–1956 (American)
Jacob Lawrence, 1917–2000 (American)
Wayne Thiebaud, born 1920 (American)
Roy Lichtenstein, 1923–1997 (American)
Dan Flavin, 1933–1996 (American)
Chuck Close, born 1940 (American)
Martin Puryear, born 1941 (American)
Andy Goldsworthy, born 1956 (British)

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Acknowledgments

We are grateful to the MSST Foundation for its generosity in making this publication possible and especially to Nancy Furlotti for her personal enthusiasm for the Gallery's mission to engage family audiences. See full llist of acknowledgments.

Feedback

We greatly value your feedback about this resource. Please email us at eyeforart@nga.gov.

Studying Nature

Questioning Traditions

Playing with Space

Overview

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Edgar Degas (8MB)

Alexander Calder (6MB)

Dan Flavin (3MB)

Martin Puryear (6MB)

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