For a definition of Impressionism:
Why do I love this type of art? It provokes emotion in me. It arouses "all" my sensory. I want to visually see it, touch, smell, taste it. I guess this sounds strange?
I came across this small book in the local library, I had to read it as apart of my September in Paris Reading Challenge.
- Moving portrayal of two sisters who have a strong bond. They depend on each others opinion, companionship, advice, love, and strength.
- Gave me the ability to see the world of Mary Cassatt.
- Gave me the ability to see the world of an artist in Paris in the 1800's.
- I have more knowledge about what went into the making of a painting, and understanding a bit more about Impressionism.
- Several of the men Lyd had known in her past had fought in the American Civil War. Through Lyd's remembrance I was given a glimpse of lives that were no more, yet their memory haunted Lyd, and she wondered how her life would have been different if one special man had survived.
- The little quaint normal mannerisms of humans that we usually don't notice. The author made a point of adding these things to her book in order for the characters to come to life on page.
- Edgar Degas personality is a bit temperamental, which I'd not known. I'm aware this book is a work of fiction, yet it gave me a peek into his life.
- Symbolism is used in the book reflecting not only Impressionism, but Lyd's illness.
- The book was not long enough. I would have liked to read more. I would also like to have read the rest of Mary Cassatt's life.
"If the illness lifts, even for a few days, and one can enter the world again, all things shine with clarity and value." page 73
"I see now that May's painting creates a kind of memory. Whether or not anyone ever knew me, she will offer a memory of me, for the world to claim. And I see something else: she pictures me as a woman who has had her wishes fulfilled." Page 157.
Published by Seven Stories 2001
Fiction/Based on the lives of Lydia (1837-1882) and Mary (1844-1926) Cassatt/Paris/France/Impressionism/19th Century/September in Paris Reading Challenge 2012
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This is book 4 for my September in Paris Reading Challenge 2012.