Mary Cassatt, ‘The Lamp.’, ca. 1891, The Old Print Shop, Inc.

Fourth state of four, printed from three plates. This is number two from what is often called "The Ten Prints." In April 1891, Galeries Durand-Ruel produced a catalogue listing ten aquatints and four pastels by Mary Cassatt. Mary Cassatt created a remarkable body of multi-plate color intaglio images. Her subjects were mostly women and children in every day settings. This print, as with the other images from “The Ten,” shows her interest in Japanese prints that were common in France in the nineteenth century. What is remarkable is her ability to create unique images in a different medium, intaglio rather than relief, that was common in Japan while still being true to the Japanese style. Of the twenty-five impressions printed, fourteen are recorded in museums as of 1989. Fourth state of four, printed from three plates.

Signature: Signed in pencil, inscribed "Imprimee par l'artiste et M. Leroy" and "(25 epreuves)." Stamped lower center with the artist's mark M over a C.

Breeskin #144. Mathews and Shapiro #6.

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