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Mary Cassatt (Revised Edition)
     

Mary Cassatt (Revised Edition)

by Mike Venezia
 

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Children's Literature - Lois Rubin Gross
1991 titles in this invaluable series might be looking a little worn around the edges, making the newly updated editions well timed. From the moment the book is opened, information about the subject pours forth and is delivered with a humorous twist that should engage even reluctant art history students. The inside cover includes a list of significant places in Cassatt’s life and a map of “The Entire Total Complete World,” marked with the places that correspond to the events. There is also a colorful timeline of her life. Cassatt, a Pennsylvania native, was one of only three women and the only American invited to join the Impressionists school of art, courtesy of her friend and mentor, Edgar Degas. The book discusses not only her stylistic choices and her method of study (she briefly attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia but abandoned formal study to copy the work on the masters in the museums of Europe), but also describes the opposition she experienced as a woman trying to carve out a career in the arts. The book includes many images of her famous paintings which reflect her affinity for women and especially children. Cassatt’s use of color, from bright and dark to softened pastels, is often quite realistic and life-like. Venezia lightens the mood with cartoon illustrations of Mary and her family. Readers will laugh at Mary’s holding her breath until her father grants her permission to become an artist. There is also a real-life mystery in that a huge mural painted for the 1892 Chicago’s World’s Fair vanished. Back matter includes a Mary Cassatt trivia quiz (with answers) underlining information about the artist, a glossary, and index. Reviewer: Lois Rubin Gross; Ages 7 to 12.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780531212929
Publisher:
Scholastic Library Publishing
Publication date:
02/01/2015
Series:
Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists Series
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
462,316
Product dimensions:
7.60(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

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