Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper by Harriet Scott Chessman
Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper
Author: Harriet Scott Chessman
Title: Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper
ISBN10: 1583222723
ISBN13: 978-1583222720
Format: .PDF .EPUB .FB2
Publisher: Seven Stories Press; A Permanent Press/Seven Stories Press 1st ed edition (November 2001)
Language: English
Size pdf: 1572 kb
Size epub: 1396 kb
Rating: 5.0 ✪
Votes: 390
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: Genre Fiction
Harriet Scott Chessman takes us into the world of Mary Cassatt's early Impressionist paintings through Mary's sister Lydia, whom the author sees as Cassatt’s most inspiring muse. Chessman hauntingly brings to life Paris in 1880, with its thriving art world. The novel’s subtle power rises out of a sustained inquiry into art’s relation to the ragged world of desire and mortality. Ill with Bright’s disease and conscious of her approaching death, Lydia contemplates her world narrowing. With the rising emotional tension between the loving sisters, between one who sees and one who is seen, Lydia asks moving questions about love and art’s capacity to remember. Chessman illuminates Cassatt’s brilliant paintings and creates a compelling portrait of the brave and memorable model who inhabits them with such grace. Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper includes five full-color plates, the entire group of paintings Mary Cassatt made of her sister.