Saturday, April 27, 2013

Five top books on artists who've captivated our culture

One title on the Barnes & Noble Review's list of five top books on artists who have captivated our culture:
The Painted Girls
by Cathy Marie Buchanan

Who had a better eyewitness view of French master Edgar Degas than one of his ballerina muses, Marie van Boethem? Cathy Marie Buchanan imagines what adolescence may have been like for young Boethem during La Belle Époque, when she was immortalized in a number of Degas's renowned paintings and his only exhibited sculpture, Little Girl Aged Fourteen. Within, we are treated to glimpses of Degas at work, and of his subject's impressions of the Impressionist: "These girls, Monsieur Degas is saying, do not be tricked by the grace of their backs. These girls are of common stock."
Read about the other books on the list.

The Page 69 Test: The Painted Girls.

My Book, The Movie: The Painted Girls.

Writers Read: Cathy Marie Buchanan.

--Marshal Zeringue