I Always Loved You

I Always Loved You

A Story of Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas

Large Print - 2014
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The young Mary Cassatt never thought moving to Paris after the Civil War to be an artist was going to be easy. But when, after a decade of work, her submission to the Paris Salon is rejected, Mary's determination wavers. Her father begs her to return to Philadelphia to find a husband before it's too late. Her sister is falling mysteriously ill. Worse, Mary is beginning to doubt herself. Then one evening a friend introduces her to Edgar Degas and her life changes forever.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning 2014
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781410466051
Characteristics: 555 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
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Call Number: LT OLIVEIRA, R


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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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