Mary Cassatt: A Life

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Yale University Press, Jan 1, 1998 - Art - 394 pages
One of the few women Impressionists, Mary Cassatt (1844-1926) had a life of paradoxes: American born, she lived and worked in France; a classically trained artist, she preferred the company of radicals; never married, she painted exquisite and beloved portraits of mothers and children. This book provides new insight into the personal life and artistic endeavors of this extraordinary woman. "Brilliant, lively life of long lived American Impressionist."--Kirkus Reviews "Rich in historical and archeological detail, thoroughgoing in its resurrection of the contexts and conditions of Cassatt's life as an artist."--Carol Armstrong, New York Times Book Review "Mathews informatively and entertainingly documents Cassatt's tumultuous relations with various members of both the American and Parisian avant-garde. . . . An impressive biography."--Siri Huntoon, New York Newsday "A superb piece of scholarship."--Ruth Johnstone Wales, Christian Science Monitor "In this admirable biography, art historian Mathews . . . presents a compelling portrait of this contradictory woman."--Publishers Weekly "Authoritative, unsentimental, clear as a bell, this is a model of the new biography by and about talented women."--Kennedy Fraser "This will probably be the definitive biography for our generation."--John Wilmerding, Princeton University
 

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Brilliant, lively life of long-lived American Impressionist painter Mary Cassatt (1844-1926), by the editor of her selected letters and author of a monograph on her (neither reviewed here). Mathews's ... Read full review

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Mary Cassatt, b. 1844. An excellent read about a fascinating personality. Cassatt struggled to take time away from her creative work in a way that a man wouldn't have been expected to do--like take ... Read full review

Contents

BACKGROUND AND EARLY EDUCATION 18441865
3
STUDIES IN EUROPE 18661870
29
BECOMING PROFESSIONAL 18701874
62
CHANGING DIRECTION 18751878
93
IMPRESSIONISM 18791886
133
HER PRIME 18861893
178
AMERICAN CONNECTIONS 18941899
218
THE MOST EMINENT OF LIVING AMERICAN WOMEN PAINTERS 19001910
252
HARD TIMES 19111926
287
THE HISTORICAL CASSATT
321
NOTES
335
BIBLIOGRAPHY
357
INDEX
363
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Nancy Mowll Mathews is the Eugénie Prendergast Curator at Williams College Museum of Art.

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