The Painted Girls

By Cathy Marie Buchanan; Cathy Marie Buchanan
(Blackstone Audiobooks, Compact Disc, 9781470847562)

Publication Date: January 2013

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover, Compact Disc, MP3 CD, Hardcover, Paperback

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“At the end of the 19th century, Paris was the center of the world for all arts, and humanity struggled with massive changes in the very structure of society. Degas and Zola were players on this stage as were three sisters who aspired to the world of ballet. Based on historical figures and incidents, this novel delivers great atmosphere and fully realized characters who weave through the harsh yet rich tapestry of the times and tell a story of family, romance, degradation, and fulfillment.”
-- Karen Frank, Northshire Bookstore, Manchester Center, VT



NPR
Saturday, Jan 12, 2013

The belle epoque was not particularly belle if you were poor and female � like the young girl who modeled for Edgar Degas' famous sculpture, The Little Dancer, Aged 14. A new novel by Cathy Marie Buchanan tells the story of that girl, ballet student Marie van Goethem. More at NPR.org

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  1. If I had a bit of nerve, I would tell him I want to look pretty instead of worn out. I want to be dancing instead of resting my aching bones. I want to be on the stage, like a real ballet girl, instead of in the practice room, even if it is not yet true. Marie thinks this while pondering the paintings in Degas’s workshop. What kind of art is Degas interested in making? Why are his innovations so important for the history of art? Do you see empathy or hostility toward the dancers in his artworks?

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