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Mary Cassatt. A Catalogue RaisonnÚ of the Graphic Work. Deluxe Edition.

Breeskin, Adelyn Dohme.

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ISBN 10: 0874741106 / ISBN 13: 9780874741100
Published by Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian. Wittenborn Art Books, distribution., 1979
Condition: Good Hardcover
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Second revised edition. 4to. 190 pp., over 232 works catalogued and illustrated, with 248 reproductions (11 in color), plus supplement of soft-ground working drawings and documentary illustrations. One of 200 signed and numbered copies of the deluxe edition, signed and numbered by the author. Decorative paper covered boards with leather spine and front panel label. As new. Bookseller Inventory # 110-6

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Title: Mary Cassatt. A Catalogue RaisonnÚ of the ...

Publisher: Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian. Wittenborn Art Books, distribution.

Publication Date: 1979

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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The American painter Mary Cassatt, who rubbed elbows with the impressionists over a century ago, looks ready for a boom, with a big traveling exhibition of her work touring the Chicago Art Institute, the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., and Boston's Museum of Fine Arts in 1998-1999. It would be difficult to find a more intelligent introductory guide than this one by feminist art critic Griselda Pollock, who teaches social and critical histories at the University of Leeds, England. Pollock's most familiar previous book is Old Mistresses: Women, Art, and Ideology, and she scotches the widespread idea of Mary Cassatt as a soft and wimpy painter of babies, similar to Auguste Renoir, who is also victimized by critics today for his soft female images. Instead, Pollock sees Cassatt as the "painter of modern women" who was unafraid of such tough artistic influences as Degas, Courbet, and Manet. In this clearly written guide, Cassatt's courage shines through, but also her variety. Readers may begin to look at the women and children in the paintings and discern new expressions in their faces, not just the sweet sentiment that has usually been interpreted therein. This is a revelatory book to accompany what looks likely to be a revelatory exhibit. --Benjamin Ivry

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