American Impressionist in Paris
Mary Cassatt was a leader in the Impressionist art movement during the late nineteenth century in Paris and is probably the artist responsible for bringing interest of collecting impressionist art to America. From a wealthy American family, Cassatt made her way as an artist in the male dominated circle of the French impressionists and became a close friend of the artist Degas.
While Degas focused on the ballerina and the nude bather, Cassatt's genre was that of the domestic interior of mother and child. These intimate portraits brought the child to full scale and these larger than life portraits showed children other than the baby Jesus which had preciously been the dominant baby seen in art history.
Notice how the children take up much of the canvas in all of these examples.
Samples of her artwork:
|Little Girl in a Blue Armchair (1878)|
|The Bath (1891-92)|
Brief Discussion of "The Bath"Watch this short video of art historian discussion the virtues of this painting.
|The Boating Party (1893-94)|
"I am independent! I can live alone and I love to work."
Current Exhibitions of Mary Cassatt's Paintings around the World:
- Picturing America: Signature Works from the Westmoreland Museum of American Art: The Hyde Collection; Glens Falls, New York; September 28, 2014 - January 4, 2015
- Painting a Nation: American Art at Shelburne Museum; Shelburne Museum; Shelburne, Vermont; May 26, 2014 - October 31, 2014
- Lasting Legacy: A Collection for Kalamazoo; Kalamazoo Institute of Arts; Kalamazoo, Michigan; September 6, 2014 - December 7, 2014
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