Cover image for José Clemente Orozco : Mexican artist
José Clemente Orozco : Mexican artist
Cruz, Bárbara.
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Publication Information:
Springfield, NJ : Enslow Publishers, [1998]

Physical Description:
128 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
Discusses the life and times of Jose Clemente Orozco, who has been called "the most original and powerful mural painter" in Mexico despite having been badly injured in an explosion as a teenager.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 9.0 3.0 21116.
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ND259.O7 C78 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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This biography recounts the life and career of one of the world's greatest artists. Orozco's work has been compared to that of the great painter Michelangelo. Famous for their stark depictions of the human condition, Orozco's controversial murals still convey a powerful message today.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 7^-12. Part of the Hispanic Biographies series, these books discuss the life and times and lasting contributions of seminal leaders. The account of the great artist Orozco is also an introduction to the Mexican Mural Renaissance and its roots in Mayan and Aztec art. The author discusses particular works by Orozco, their context and techniques, and their critical reception. She is open about Orozco's disability (he lost one hand in a childhood fireworks accident), but she does not exploit it. Unfortunately, there are only small, grainy, black-and-white photographs throughout, and it's frustrating in an artistic biography to see so little of the art being discussed. The Bolivar book is less interesting, not because of the subject matter--he was a young, revolutionary military leader who led the fight to free several South American countries from Spanish rule--but because the style is very dry, like a chronological list of battles, with almost no background about the cause he was fighting for. Both books have full chapter notes at the back, as well as a chronology and brief bibliography. --Hazel Rochman

School Library Journal Review

Gr 6 Up-A fair and well-rounded introduction to the great muralist and highly influential 20th-century artist. Cruz clearly illustrates how Orozco's prodigious talent and dedication to perfecting his craft eclipsed the injuries he suffered as a teenager that caused him to lose one hand and injure the other. Many of the artist's works are mentioned and given brief but enlightening interpretations. The author clearly explains the controversial themes of Orozco's works, which often dealt with sensitive political and social issues. There are many black-and-white photos and a few pertinent quotations from Orozco himself, family members, and friends. The book has extensive chapter notes and a list for further reading, both evidence of its scholarly format that nevertheless remains approachable. This accessible title will be helpful for research, but also appealing for browsing.-Phyllis Graves, Creekwood Middle School, Kingwood, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.