• Lives of the Artists

  • Masterpieces, Messes (and What the Neighbors Thought)
  • By: Kathleen Krull
  • Narrated by: John C. Brown, Melissa Hughes
  • Length: 2 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 15-12-99
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.7 (3 ratings)


Whether visiting museums and galleries or taking Art History courses, we often marvel at the brilliant artwork, but learn little about the artists behind the creations. Kathleen Krull's acclaimed Lives of the Artists examines 20 brilliant artists and tells us why their neighbors had so much to whisper about. From DaVinci to Rembrandt, van Gogh to Matisse, and Picasso to Warhol, you'll learn about both their artistic masterpieces and their personal messes. Fun and lighthearted, yet full of solid information, trivia, and provocative commentary, Lives of the Artists presents objective, 3-dimensional biographies of the world's great artists.
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(P)1996 Audio Bookshelf; ©1995 by Kathleen Krull; Cover Illustration: ©1995 by Kathryn Hewitt
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"A lively, entertaining presentation." ( Booklist)
"This winning format of minibiographies and provocative commentary makes my children want to read/hear more." ( Children's Book Review)
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4 out of 5 stars
By L. Worthington on 06-01-04


This book was fascinating, has great details about some of the more popular/well-known artists. It covers quite a few artists from all over and the parts of their lives that made them famous (or infamous) and more importantly - just plain interesting. It offers a peek into why they may have created what they did, what events and environment shaped their personality and more. The only reason why I'm not giving it five stars is that it really could be much longer and go more in depth with the biographies. It really just skims the surface and gives an overview - a good job of it, but not quite enough.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jayne S on 09-10-15

My go to book

I have listened to this several times. As an artist myself, I find the varied lives inspiring.

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