MARY CASSATT by Louis V. Harris


Impressionist Painter
Age Range: 8 - 12
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Mary Cassatt was a trailblazer both as a woman and as a painter. As the author of this biography declares, by “following her own plan, she became one of the world’s greatest Impressionist painters.” Unfortunately, a recitation of the facts of Cassatt’s life—born in 1844, moved to Europe with her family for a spell, moved back, attended art school, tired of painting to please the judges, etc.—fails to convey the passion and intense creativity she must have possessed. Even the lovely paintings reproduced here fail to enliven what by definition is a hugely difficult project: using the vehicle of biography to teach art history to those without the context or vocabulary necessary to give it meaning. While doing a serviceable job of explaining the difference between the painters favored by the Salon and the Impressionists, the attempts to add kid-friendly interest to the story fall flat. (Nonfiction. 8-12)

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 2007
ISBN: 978-1-58980-452-4
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Pelican
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 2007