"Inside the Paris of Degas and Cassatt"
For almost a decade, Cathy Marie Buchanan studied ballet in a Niagara Falls studio decorated with prints by Edgar Degas, whose brush captured the petit rats of the Paris Ballet in the last years of the 19th century. Her novel The Painted Girls, inspired by Degas’s sculpture Little Dancer Aged 14, contrasts the sheer pleasure of dancing with sharp depictions of brothels, prisons, and the guillotine. The Painted Girls is a captivating story of fate, tarnished ambition, and the ultimate triumph of sisterly love.
Robin Oliveira’s debut novel, My Name Is Mary Sutter, combines her love of medicine and career as a nurse with her love of writing. Set during the Civil War, it features a brilliant and headstrong midwife who dreams of becoming a surgeon. Her forthcoming novel, I Always Loved You (February 4), brilliantly evokes the irresistible world of Belle Époque Paris. In it, we meet a young Mary Cassatt, who, after a year of working in Paris, has been rejected by the Paris Salon. In a moment that seems like a miracle, the paths of Cassatt and Edgar Degas cross, thus beginning the defining period of her life and the most tempestuous of relationships.
6:30 p.m. Enjoy tours of works by Degas and Cassatt in the DMA’s collection.