Monday, 30 April 2018

"The Painted Girls" by Cathy Marie Buchanan

Edgar Degas (1834-1917) was a French artist who specialized in painting ballet dancers.  He is one of the characters in this historic novel "The Painted Girls".
   Paris 1878
   Main characters: 3 sisters- Antoinette (17) Marie (13), and Charlotte (7).  These girls are trying to follow their dreams of dancing in the theatre in Paris, in spite of the fact that their father has died and there is no financial support for them.
  Antoinette, who was not disciplined enough to continue in the ballet, procures a small part in a play and falls in love with a young man who is involved in a murder. 
The Little Dancer
    Marie does well in the opera and earns money by modelling for Edgar Degas.  She was painted in many poses such as the painting above, but also she was the dancer behind the statue "Little Dancer'.
  The combination of fact and fiction, makes an engrossing novel that shows not only the artistic culture of Paris but also the darker side of Paris.

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