I Always Loved You

A Story of Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas

Oliveira, Robin

Book - 2014
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
I Always Loved You
"A novel of Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas's great romance from the New York Times bestselling author of My Name Is Mary Sutter 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 fierce determination wavers. Her father is begging her to return to Philadelphia to find a husband before it is too late, her sister Lydia is falling mysteriously ill, and worse, Mary is beginning to doubt herself. Then one evening a friend introduces her to Edgar Degas and her life changes forever. Years later she will learn that he had begged for the introduction, but in that moment their meeting seems a miracle. So begins the defining period of her life and the most tempestuous of relationships"-- Provided by publisher.

Publisher: New York, New York :, Viking,, c2014
ISBN: 0670785792
Characteristics: 343 pages ; 24 cm


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Dec 07, 2014
  • nidofito rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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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