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Mary Cassatt: A Life Book Review Summary

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Impressionist painter Mary Cassatt was born in Western Pennsylvania but her family moved to Philadelphia when she was still very young. She studied painting and eventually settled in Paris where she found an atmosphere conducive to her art. In 1876 she was joined by the rest of her family including her elder sister Lydia who served as a model for many of her later paintings, until she died of Bright's Disease in 1882. Cassatt's paintings were very well recieved at exhibitions of Impressionism. She lived into the twenties.
Mowll's biography includes many prints of Cassatt's pictures.
This report prepared by Jack Goodstein








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Plot & Themes

job/profession:    -   artist Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes Period of greatest activity?    -   1900+

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   artist Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   American

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   3 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   France Century:    -   19th century

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   thoughtful If this is a kid's book:    -   Age 16-Adult Pictures/Illustrations?    -   More 6-10 B&W How much dialogue in bio?    -   little dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   51%-75% of book

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