Mary Cassatt: Impressionist Painterby Lois Harris, Mary Cassatt
Mary Cassatt knew from a young age that she wanted to make her living as an artist. She persuaded her parents to send her to the prestigious Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts at age fifteen, and by age twenty, she had moved abroad to begin her painting career. After several years of study and success, she found her rightful place among the Impressionists, becoming… See more details below
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Mary Cassatt knew from a young age that she wanted to make her living as an artist. She persuaded her parents to send her to the prestigious Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts at age fifteen, and by age twenty, she had moved abroad to begin her painting career. After several years of study and success, she found her rightful place among the Impressionists, becoming their first and only female American member.
Illustrated with Cassatt's own work and that of other influential Impressionists, as well as photographs of the artist, this book offers children a glimpse at life during the late 1800s and showcases the colorful vivaciousness of Cassatt's work. Her beloved portraits of mothers and children are highlighted here, but the book also includes lesser-known work that shows Cassatt's range of talent. Children will enjoy seeing the warm and loving images of others their age relaxing with pets, enjoying the outdoors, and being held by caring adults.
Inspiring for all children, but especially appropriate for those with artistic interests, this book shows how one girl's lifelong dream to become an artist came true due to an independent spirit, determination, and commitment to her craft. Just as Mary Cassatt was an inspiration to many young artists who moved to Paris to fulfill their dreams, so may this book be a catalyst for young readers to follow their heart and mind towards their creative goals.
Cassatt, "one of the world's greatest Impressionist painters," was born in Pennsylvania in 1844, began drawing as a child, and, by the time she was 21, was studying and copying the works of the great masters in the museums of western Europe. An admirer and friend of Edgar Degas, she became the only American Impressionist, but her visionary style wasn't appreciated until after her death. Cassatt's story is told primarily through reproductions of artworks, both her own paintings and those of her contemporaries. The illustrations provide an overview of her work from 1873 to 1901 and make it easy to trace her evolving style. The pieces are well chosen to coordinate with the text, and, while the intensity of the colors is somewhat muted, the overall quality is quite good. Occasional black-and-white photos of pertinent people and places round out this chronological biography. A credits page lists titles, dates, and locations of the reproductions. Unfortunately, the narrative is rather dry, using matter-of-fact short, declarative sentences that explain the important information but give little life to the subject. Although this title would be a serviceable introduction for elementary readers, libraries with Jane O'Connor's more exuberant Mary Cassatt (Grosset & Dunlap, 2003) can easily pass it by.
Nancy Menaldi-ScanlanCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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