Book review: Mary Cassatt: Extraordinary Impressionist Painter, by Barbara Herkert, illustrated by Gabi Swiatkowska

Herkert, Barbara. Mary Cassatt: Extraordinary Impressionist Painter. Illus. Gabi Swiatkowska. Holt, 2015. $17.99. 32p. 9781627790161. Ages 4-7. P7Q7

Herkert Mary CassattGrowing up in the 1860s, Cassatt was different from other girls of the time. They arranged flowers and did needlepoint; she was determined to become an artist and went to study the masters in Paris’ Louvre. Frustrated by being ignored, she learned from Edgar Degas to “break the judges’ rules” and “swept jewel tones across her canvas.” The minimal text gives a good view of Cassatt’s life and artistic style, but the artwork will need to be supplemented by actual Cassatt works to understand what Herkert describes.

April 2016 review by Nel Ward.

[Editor’s note: According to her website, author Barbara Herkert lives “on the wet and windy Oregon coast” and spends “creative time in a log house in central Oregon.”–]


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