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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd (7 Sept. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500203172
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500203170
  • Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 14.9 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 377,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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YOU MAY WELL have never heard of Mary Cassatt (1844-1926), an American woman who worked as a professional painter with the Impressionists in Paris in the late nineteenth century. Read the first page
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This is an unashamedly feminist examination of the life and art of Cassatt, 1844-1926, one of the few women painters to exhibit alongside the Impressionists and to know artists such as Degas, Manet, Gauguin and Pissarro, all of whom admired her work. However, she has been rather neglected by art critics and there have been few exhibitions of her work compared to those of Monet, Pissarro, Seurat or of French Impressionism.

Unlike these artists, and other Impressionists, Cassatt mostly focused on a single motif, women - often with children, but why she focused on this area is unclear. Cassatt remained in France where, through personal contacts with the artists and her knowledge of the Parisian art scene, she assisted her family and other American collectors, such as Louisine Havermeyer, to acquire works before their popularity led to spirally increasing prices.

The author describes the artist's development, her interactions with other artists and collectors, and her interest in modernist ideas in an essay accompanied by 15 coloured and black and white figures. The book contains 88 paintings and drawings, mostly in colour, presented chronologically from "Two Children at a Window", c. 1868 to "The Mirror", c. 1905, a Chronology and Bibliography. Most works are reproduced as a full- or half page plates accompanied by explanatory comments and links to other works.

Some of the artist's works, "Young Girl with a Portfolio of Pictures", c. 1876, "Mrs Duffee", 1876, and "Portrait of a Lady (Reading Le Figaro)", 1878, which show women enjoying undisturbed time, the main barrier to their success in many fields.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Violet on 8 Jan. 2013
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Very informative giving the over view of general history at the time as well, so very interesting as a historical document.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Ferrero on 25 April 2010
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Unfortunately the format of the book is a bit small to my liking. However the reproductions are of quality. the text... i have not read it yet!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
An absolute gorgeous outline of the mind of Mary Cassatt 30 May 1999
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I am a teen in a class called E.L.P. (Expanded Learning Program) and we were asked to deeply research an eminent person. I am an adorer of Edgar Degas and I knew of the relationship he had with Mary Cassatt. This turned me to do the research on her. I bought this book at the Chicago Art Institue when I toured her work. This gives a great description of the wonderful women behind this artwork that she creates. I believe she should be more emphisized when people think of art. This book really explains who she is. It is a must read!
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Beautiful book. Good service from seller.
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Long winded 27 Aug. 2006
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A tough read. Way too many details and she is all over the place. I bought tghis book as a required text for a class and I would not recommend it again.
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