Mary Cassatt, ‘The Child's Bath’, 1893, The National Gallery, London

Collection: The Art Institute of Chicago

Image rights: © The Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois

"Inventing Impressionism"

Venue: National Gallery, London (2015)

The Art Institute of Chicago, Robert A. Waller Fund
1910.2

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