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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on February 2, 2007
Mary Cassatt (1844-1926) was one of the few women artists to have succeeded professionally in her era, and the only American invited to exhibit with the French Impressionists. Extensively illustrated with paintings, prints and pastels spanning Cassatt's whole career, this volume, published to accompany a travelling exhibition in the USA, contains essays which trace the artist's development from her early influences to her critical role in bringing Old Master and Impressionist art to the United States. Supplementary works by Cassatt's contemporaries are reproduced, together with numerous photographs and a complete list of exhibitions in which she participated in her lifetime.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on August 6, 2000
Format: Hardcover
A collection of interesting essays (and representations of her works) on the artist and her life give the reader good, broad and varied sense about who Mary Cassatt was and how important she was in helping America to discover impressionism. MC is an artist that merits to be better recognized and this book serves a good purpose. - Yet for people that have already studied MC and want to learn more on detailed aspects of her art, this book will probably not be sufficient - Griselda Pollock has written a book i found very useful called 'mary cassatt painter of modern women' which has some well-founded arguments about her works and intentions and is very interesting and more original than this collection of well presented and nevertheless good essays.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 8, 2013
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
This marvelous book with more than 20 color plates of her works contains everything we want to know about Mary Cassatt, who died in 1926. She lived much of her life in France and is often associated with the Impressionist painters, particular Edgar Degas.

Cassatt never married nor had any children. So it is incredibly interesting that many of her best known and best loved paintings are of children, including her nieces. Her paintings of mothers and children bring to life the tenderness of feeling and the special bond that can only be shared by them.

She painted other subjects, of course. But one of my favorite Cassatt paintings is Little Girl in a Big Straw Hat and a Pinafore. It captures as no other painting I have seen the pensive, perhaps even sad, mood of a little girl left alone.

It is left up to our imagination the circumstances the little girl finds herself in. But it is an incredibly sensitive, touching portrait of "aloneness"--whether literally or figuratively. And presents the complexities of a child's world that perhaps we are not use to always seeing or thinking about.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 19, 2012
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
The book has very complete information about Mary Cassatt as well as the other artists of her time. Many other artists' works are pictured also. It is a scholarly book, not one to just page through quickly and look at pictures, although much of her work is in the section toward the back of the book.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on March 5, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Cassatt was no Sargent or Hassam, but her style reflects sensitivity and charm. This is a great book to own about Cassatt, full of good plates and at a bargain price. You can't go wrong with this one!
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on April 7, 2014
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
I can always count on Abe's Books to send me the ordered books just as described. Also, they are extremely prompt and package the books well for the best protection with a personal thank you note. I just received Mary Cassatt: Modern Woman and it is like new! Thank you, Jeff!
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on January 5, 2015
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
This was a present for an artist friend. Both of us were very pleased with coverage and quality of reproductions.
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0 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I'm a semester into a fine arts degree and desperatly searching for a TRUE female role model in the painterly art.
Sigh - - - Mary Cassatt ain't it.
Sadly, I believe that, Mary Cassatt's only claim to LASTING aesthetic fame is that she is American and FEMALE: not that she had anything unique or new (in her time) to say in her paintings.
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