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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.

Collected by major museums
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, Cleveland Museum of Art, Yale University Art Gallery, Milwaukee Art Museum
Selected exhibitions
2021
Americans in Spain: Painting and Travel, 1820–1920Milwaukee Art Museum
2018
Women Artists in Paris: 1850-1900American Federation of Arts
2017
Her Paris: Women Artists in the Age of ImpressionismDenver Art Museum
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The Picture Book, ca. 1901

Drypoint
8 1/2 × 5 7/8 in
21.6 × 14.9 cm
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Cleveland, Palm Beach
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Medium

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.

Collected by major museums
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, Cleveland Museum of Art, Yale University Art Gallery, Milwaukee Art Museum
Selected exhibitions (3)
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