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Beautiful Shades of Brown: The Art of Laura Wheeler Waring

Growing up in the late 19th century, Laura Wheeler Waring didn't see any artists who looked like her. She didn't see any paintings of people who looked like her, either. As a young woman studying art in Paris, she found inspiration in the works of Matisse and Gaugin to paint the people she knew best. Back in Philadelphia, the Harmon Foundation commissioned her to paint portraits of accomplished African-Americans. Today, her portraits still hang in Washington DC's National Portrait Gallery, where children of all races can admire the beautiful shades of brown she captured.

This beautiful picture book introduces young readers to a trailblazing artist who knew that brown was its own rainbow of color! Waring's vibrant portraits of figures including Alice Dunbar Nelson, James Weldon Johnson, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Marian Anderson helped capture important figures of African American history, to inspire future generations. It's a celebration of art, diversity, and different points of view.

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"Churnin ably conjures the painter’s process, thrillingly describing Laura’s painstaking combination of shades to create just the right browns for each subject.... Marshall’s illustrations are appropriately painterly, capturing the play of light on her characters’ brown faces." — Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

Recommended Age 5 - 9
Author Nancy Churnin
Illustrator Felicia Marshall
ISBN 1939547652
Publication Date Feb 4, 2020
Publisher Creston Books
Language English