MARY CASSATT (American / 1844-1926)

Mary Stevenson Cassatt was born in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, in 1844, into a wealthy family. From 1861-65 she studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, before leaving for France, where she would live for much of the rest of her life. Woman were not then allowed to enter the École des Beaux-Arts, but Cassatt had private tuition from Jean-Léon Gérôme, Charles Chaplin, and Thomas Couture. Mary Cassatt's artistic career was stalled until in 1877 Edgar Degas invited her to exhibit with the Impressionists. She had found her artistic home, her style, and her subject matter, the hitherto little-explored domestic lives of women. Cassatt is particularly renowned for her tender and intimate portraits of mothers and babies, though she herself never married or had children. Alongside Berthe Morisot, Marie Bracquemond, and Eva Gonzalès, Mary Cassatt contributed a distinctly female sensibility to Impressionism, the first art movement to feature women among its most prominent members. Mary Cassatt died in 1926 at the Château de Beaufresne, near Paris.

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Selected prints by MARY CASSATT

Mère et enfant, 1892
Jeune mère, 1892
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