Impressionist Quartet

Written by Jeffrey Meyers
Review by Trudi E. Jacobson

Meyers explores the lives and artistic careers of these four Impressionist painters working in Paris in the second half of the 19th century. He shows the links between them, particularly between Manet and Morisot (interested readers might also want to read With Violets by Elizabeth Robards, a fictionalized account of their relationship) and Degas and Cassatt. The women are often seen through their connection with the men, yet the author clearly explains the struggles and sacrifices Morisot and Cassatt (indeed, all four of them) endured in order to follow their muses. This book is best read with books illustrating their paintings at hand—only a tantalizing few of the pictures described are reprinted in the book.