Mary Cassatt

American, 1844–1926

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Mary Cassatt

American, 1844–1926

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Mary Cassatt is widely acclaimed for her intimate scenes of mothers and children, such as Mother About to Wash Her Sleepy Child (1880), that are painted with quick brushstrokes in a pastel palette. Invited in 1877 by her friend and mentor Edgar Degas, Cassatt was one of three women—and the only American—to join a group of artists later known as the Impressionists, which included Claude Monet and Camille Pissaro. Influenced by the Japanese prints she collected, Cassatt developed a refined drawing style that blended European and Asian effects, increasingly creating figural compositions, like The Letter (1890), with flattened forms and harmonious color combinations.

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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 6 more
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Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 4 more
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Reviewed by a major art publication
The New Yorker, and 2 more
Biography

Mary Cassatt is widely acclaimed for her intimate scenes of mothers and children, such as Mother About to Wash Her Sleepy Child (1880), that are painted with quick brushstrokes in a pastel palette. Invited in 1877 by her friend and mentor Edgar Degas, Cassatt was one of three women—and the only American—to join a group of artists later known as the Impressionists, which included Claude Monet and Camille Pissaro. Influenced by the Japanese prints she collected, Cassatt developed a refined drawing style that blended European and Asian effects, increasingly creating figural compositions, like The Letter (1890), with flattened forms and harmonious color combinations.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 6 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 4 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
The New Yorker, and 2 more
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Articles Featuring Mary Cassatt
7 Female Impressionists Every Art History Lover Should Know
Nov 19th, 2018
How Japan Has Inspired Western Artists, from the Impressionists to Today
Aug 10th, 2018
Impressionism
Dec 13th, 2017
Mary Cassatt Painted Domestic Life in a Way Male Impressionists Couldn’t
Nov 23rd, 2017
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