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Mary Cassatt

Mary Cassatt

19th-20th century Impressionist painter
(Allegheny City, Pennsylvania (now Pittsburgh), 1844 - 1926, Mesnil-Théribus, France)

Artist Biography: Mary Cassatt is regarded as one of the leading American artists at the end of the nineteenth century. Though born in Pittsburgh into a prominent business family and educated in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Cassatt spent most of her life in Europe. She settled in Paris permanently in 1874 at the age of thirty, and shortly thereafter, at the invitation of Edgar Degas, became associated with the French Impressionist painters. She was the only American to join this group, and exhibited with them regularly from 1879 to 1886. An outspoken critic of more conservative artistic traditions and practices, Cassatt experimented boldly in painting, pastels, and print-making. She was fascinated by the relationship between mothers and children and the role of women in modern society, and created highly perceptive works related to these themes. Her work was exhibited regularly in Paris and beyond, and she gained a considerable reputation in her lifetime. Eye trouble caused her to cease art-making in 1914, though she continued to remain connected to the Parisian art scene until her death in 1926.

3 objects

The Barefoot Child

pastel on off-white wove paper mounted on canvas on stretcher
Gift of Mrs. Murray S. Danforth, in memory of her husband, Dr. Murray S. Danforth, Class of 1901

Mother and Daughter

reproduction on paper
Gift of Miss Susan Dwight Bliss

Two Ladies Seated in a Loge, Facing Left

c. 1879-1880
Soft ground aquatint on medium weight laid paper
Lloyd O. and Marjorie Strong Coulter Fund