Mary Cassatt, ‘Afternoon Tea Party’, 1890-91, Christie's

Shapiro's fifth (final), Breeskin's fourth (final) state, signed and annotated 'Imprimée par l'artiste et M. Leroy' in pencil, with the artist's blue monogram stamp (L. 604), with wide margins, a 1/4-in. filled-in area in the left subject's cloak, pale scattered foxing, framed
Image: 13 5/8 x 10 ½ in. (345 x 267 mm.)
Sheet: 17 x 11 5/8 in. (430 x 295 mm.)

Breeskin 151; Mathews & Shapiro 13

Norton Simon Museum of Art
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Hirchl & Adler Galleries
acquired from the above by the present owner

About Mary Cassatt

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.

American , 1844-1926, Philadelphia, PA, United States, based in Paris, France