I Always Loved You

I Always Loved You

A Story of Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas

Large Print - 2014
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A tale inspired by the romance between Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas finds young Mary struggling with self-doubt after being rejected by the Paris Salon before entering into a tempestuous relationship with a fellow artist.
Publisher: Thorndike Pr 2014
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2014
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781410466051
Branch Call Number: LT OLI
Characteristics: 555


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The writing style is so boring. I had to keep skimming to move on with the plot line. The description of period details are uninspired and the narrative of the historical characters and their conflicts are drawn out too long and in too much detail. I would not read anything else by this author.

FW_librarian Jul 12, 2015

Interesting historical (and political) background about the group of French Impressionists who were the instigators for breaking with The Salon. The writer's style presents itself like Vanity Fair drawing you in to the gossip of the day. Readers will want to even more about the relationships between these gifted artists including their own family dynamics and marriages. The title is not just about Degas's and Cassatt's relationship; there are more facets of love in this story, including passion for displaying their own interpretations of life and color in their art.

Dec 07, 2014

The book made me interested enough to go look at the paintings created by the various artists mentioned in the book and as a result, I now have a basic understanding of this form of art.

Between the two relationships that were presented in the book, I preferred reading the one between Cassatt and Degas despite it being more confusing and frustrating.

It was interesting to read how all our major characters thought of love at the end of their lives and the decisions they made regarding it. I wonder if a life lived is an unhappy one if you did not "have love" as Cassatt stated? I wonder if they would consider their lives as unhappy.

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