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The image is a painting of Mary Cassatt by her friend Edgar Degas (Source: Wikipedia)
Biography of Mary Stevenson Cassatt (1844 - 1926)
Born: May 22, 1844 Allegheny City, Pennsylvania,
Died: June 14, 1926 Chteau de Beaufresne, near Paris
Cassatt is an American artist who was a key figure in the French Impressionist movement in the second half of the nineteenth century. The key motifs in Cassatt's drawings, paintings and prints are accurate observations of women in private domestic moments and of mothers with their children.
- born into a wealthy family - she travelled and lived in Europe with her family as a child
- her family did not want her to become a professional artist - at a time when art was regarded as a socially valuable skill for young ladies rather than a career. Her father refused to pay for her art supplies.
- age 16 attended Philadelphia's Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts - but was dissatisfied by with both the curriculum and teaching
- 1866 moved to Paris to pursue her art studies in France - studied and copied masterpieces in the Louvre
- 1868 - had a painting accepted into the exhibition run by the Paris Salon
- 1870: the Franco-Prussian War meant she had to return to the USA
- 1871: Cassatt returned to France in the Autumn
- 1872 - another painting accepted by the Paris Salon. However Cassatt was critical of the conventions and politics of the Salon
- 1875 observed Degas's pastels for the first time and subsequently developed a close friendship with Edgar Degas. He taught her to use pastels and etching and had an impact on the quality of her draughtsmanship
- 1877 - invited by Degas to exhibit her work with the Impressionists. She remained an active member of the group until 1886
- 1891 - inspired by Japanese wood prints, she exhibited a series of highly original colored drypoint and aquatint prints. These were subsequently regarded as her most creative and original contribution to the art of the time.
- 1900 - her work became more sentimental
- 1904: awarded the the Lgion d'honneur
- 1914 - blindness forced her to give up painting
- Art Institute of Chicago - Artist Biography : Artist Biography: Mary Cassatt
A concise biography of Cassatt's life and work.Mary CassattAmerican, 1844-1926Mary Cassatt spent most of her career in Paris, though she was an American. She achieved critical success in France but was little appreciated in the United States until la
- Mary Cassatt Biography
Mary Cassatt - Biography. The complete works, large resolution images, ecard, rating, slideshow and more! One of the largest Mary Cassatt resource on the web!
- Mary Cassatt
Artist Mary Cassatt: resources include biographies and online galleries of her paintings, which often feature women and children.
- Mary Cassatt - Biography
Learn about Mary Cassatt, Impressionist painter of such works as Mother Feeding a Child, on Biography.com.
- WebMuseum: Cassatt, Mary
Mary Cassatt (b. May 22, 1844, Allegheny City, Pa., U.S.--d. June 14, 1926, Chateau de Beaufresne, near Paris, Fr.), American painter and printmaker whoexhibited with the Impressionists.
The Life of Mary Cassatt
Hardcover: 383 pagesPublisher: Villard; 1st edition (March 1, 1994)
BOOK: Mary Cassatt: A Life - by Nancy Mowell Mathews
reviews: 4.6 out of 5 stars (10 customer reviews)
One of few women Impressionists, Mary Cassatt (1844-1926) had a life of paradoxes: American born, she lived and worked in France; a classically trained artist, she preferred the company of radicals; never married, she painted exquisite and beloved portraits of mothers and children. This book provides new insight into the personal life and artistic endeavors of this extraordinary woman. 133 illustrations.
Podcast about Mary Cassatt's 'intelligent' art - BBC's arts editor Will Gompertz spoke to Ann Dumas, curator at the Royal Academy
- BBC News - Today - Mary Cassatt's 'intelligent' art
The BBC's arts editor Will Gompertz spoke to Ann Dumas, curator at the Royal Academy and expert on 19th century French art, about Mary Cassatt's life and work.
Videos about Mary Cassatt on You Tube
Hardcover: 96 pagesPublisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang (September 1, 1998)
BOOKS: Mary Cassatt: Reflections of Women's Lives - by Debra N. Mancoff
Amazon reviews: 5.0 out of 5 stars (1 customer review)
Published in conjunction with a major 1998 retrospective at the Art Institute in Chicago, Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the National Gallery in Washington, D.C.
Mary Cassatt: Reflections of Women's Lives offers an intimate look into the world of women in the late nineteenth century. Using the paintings, prints, and pastels that Cassatt created throughout her career, this book explores the main facets of feminine life: solitary, social, public, and intimate. Cassatt herself emerges not just as a chronicler of nineteenth-century women's lives, but as the inhabitant of an extraordinary life
Paintings and Drawings by Mary Cassatt
The Child's Bath (1893) - In the Art Institute of Chicago
Mary Cassatt [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Mary Cassatt in Art Galleries and Museums
These are links to Art Galleries and Museums where you can find artwork by Mary Cassatt
- Mary Cassatt | Explore & Learn | The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Explore the life, times, and works of art of the female American Impressionist Mary Cassatt through her biography and a guide to her works of art.
- Collection of the Art Institiute of Chicago - Mary Cassatt
Drawings, paintings and prints by Mary Cassatt(54 records)
- Hill-Stead Museum - Highlights of the Collection - Cassatt
Mary Cassatt (American, 1844-1926)Mary Cassatt lived most of her adult life in France and was closely aligned with the French Impressionists. She was particularly influenced by the work of Edgar Degas.
- Mary Cassatt | Explore & Learn | The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Her WorkChoice of MediaChoice of SubjectInfluence on American CollectionsMary Cassatt's place in the history of American art is unique, not only because she was one of the few woman artists of any nationality to succeed professionally in her time, bu
- NGA - Mary Cassatt: Selected Paintings
Mary Cassatt was born into an affluent family in Pennsylvania on May 22, 1844. She studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, one of the country's leading art schools. In addition to having regular exhibitions of European and American art,
- NGA - Mary Cassatt — Selected Color Prints
Known for her perceptive depictions of women and children, Mary Cassatt was one of the few American artists active in the nineteenth-century French avant-garde.
- National Gallery of Art | NGA Images - Mary Cassatt
Images by Mary Cassatt in the NGA Images website
Mother Combing Child's Hair 1879
Mary Cassatt via Wikimedia Commons
Mary Cassatt in Exhibitions
Exhibitions of prints and drawings included:
* "Mary Cassatt: Prints and Drawings from the Artist's Studio" held at Adelson Galleries.
* "Art in the Mirror: The Counterproofs of Mary Cassatt," (2004) which presented previously unknown pastel transfers.
- MFA Boston: Exhibition - Mary Cassatt: Modern Woman (1999)
Cassatt's life was marked by her bold resolve to transcend conventional expectations for women and to succeed as an innovative professional artist. After her education at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, in Philadelphia, she continued her s
- NG London / Exhibitions: Mary Cassatt: Prints
Edgar Degas, who considered that she had 'infinite talent', invited her to exhibit with the Impressionists in 1877.Two years later, Cassatt joined Degas and her fellow Impressionist Camille Pissarro in contributing to a journal of original prints. Th
- Mary Cassatt: Modern Woman
Mary Cassatt: Modern WomanThe Art Institute of Chicago is proud to present Mary Cassatt: Modern Woman, the first retrospective in 30 years of the work of one of the greatest artists this country has produced.
- NG London/Current Exhibitions: Mary Cassatt: Prints
Mary Cassatt: Prints 22 February - 7 May 2006Mary Cassatt was the only American painter to exhibit with the French Impressionists.Born in 1845 in Allegheny City, Pennsylvania, she first travelled to Europe to study painting at the age of 21. Edgar De
- Women Impressionists
Women Impressionists: Berthe Morisot, Mary Cassatt, Eva Gonzals, Marie Bracquemond is a groundbreaking exhibition that showcases the innovative styles and contributions of the four major women artists of Impressionism.The Legion of Honor is the exclu
- Cassatt, Prints and Drawings from the Collection of Ambroise Vollard | Mark Rosen
Mary Cassatt (1844-1926), the American Impressionist, was captivated by the challenges and artistic possibilities of making prints. These works were a central part of her discipline as a draughtsman, allowing her to focus on the essentials of form, g
Mary Cassatt in Online Galleries
- Mary Cassatt - The complete works
Mary Cassatt - Homepage. The complete works, large resolution images, ecard, rating, slideshow and more! One of the largest Mary Cassatt resource on the web!
- ARTCYCLOPEDIA - Mary Cassatt Online
Mary Cassatt [American Impressionist Painter, 1844-1926] Guide to pictures of works by Mary Cassatt in art museum sites and image archives worldwide.
- WebMuseum: Cassatt, Mary
Cassatt, Mary (b. May 22, 1844, Allegheny City, Pa., U.S.--d. June 14, 1926, Chateau de Beaufresne, near Paris, Fr.),American painter and printmaker who exhibited with the Impressionists.
- Mary Cassatt - Olga's Gallery
One of the largest online painting museums. New exhibits daily. Biographies and main works of many famous artists. Excellent quality of reproductions. Historical comments.
- WetCanvas: Virtual Museum: Individual Artists: Mary Cassatt
Mary Cassatt: 1844 - 1926The most famous female Impressionist painter, Mary Cassatt, was born on 22 May, 1844 in Allegheny, near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
- WetCanvas: Virtual Museum: Individual Artists: Mary Cassatt
Mary Cassatt: Painter of Mothers and ChildrenMary Cassatt had always exhibited an interest in painting mothers and their children but, in 1880 Cassatt's brother, Alexander, arrived in Paris with his young family. The arrival renewed Cassatt's interes
- WetCanvas: Virtual Museum: Individual Artists: Mary Cassatt: Painter of Mothers and Children
Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas: Friends or Lovers? Not much is known about Mary Cassatt's relationship with Degas, as she burned all their correspondence before she died. However, it is generally assumed that the two were lovers, although nothing can b
- Allpaintings - Mary Cassatt
Images by Mary Stevenson Cassatt (May 22, 1844 – June 14, 1926)
Paintings by Mary Cassatt
- Met. Museum - Mary Cassatt (1844–1926) The Cup of Tea, ca. 1880–81
The Cup of Tea, ca. 1880–81Oil on canvas; 36 3/8 x 25 3/4 in. (92.4 x 65.4 cm)This picture represents Cassatt's sister, Lydia Simpson Cassatt (1837–1882), although, as the title suggests, it is less a specific portrait than a representation of a popu
- Met Museum - Mary Cassatt Lilacs in a Window (Vase de Lilas a la Fenetre), ca. 1880–83
Mary Cassatt (1844–1926)Lilacs in a Window (Vase de Lilas a la Fenetre), ca. 1880–83Oil on canvas; 24 3/16 x 20 1/8 in. (61.5 x 51.1 cm)A dark aubergine vase containing purple and white lilacs is shown placed on what seems to be a sill or work surfac
- Mary Cassatt (American, 1844-1926) The Child's Bath - the Art Institute of Chicagos Collection
Mary Cassatt (American, 1844-1926)The Child's Bath, 1893Oil on canvas, 100.3 x 66.1 cm (39 1/2 x 26 in. )In this work, Mary Cassatt addressed the theme of women and children, for which she is best known, while also experimenting with elements derived
BOOK: Mary Cassatt: Paintings and Prints - By Frank Getlein
Amazon reviews: 4.5 out of 5 stars (4 customer reviews)
Presents paintings, pastels, and prints by Mary Cassett plus brief notes that explain the circumstances surrounding each painting or print. Quantity and quality of illustrations praised by people who have bought this book - includes many lesser known works
BOOKS: About Mary Cassatt and her work - books on Amazon
Cassatt: A Retrospective traces the life of this great American artist through the correspondence and accomplishments she maintained over a lifetime. Carefully selected letters with fascinating descriptions of social events, professional meetings, meals, and homelife abroad span several decades to reveal Cassatt's thoughts and activities. Also included are more than 200 illustrations (118 in color) of Cassatt's greatest and lesser-known works - paintings, pastels, and etchings.
Pollock sees Cassatt as the "painter of modern women" who was unafraid of such tough artistic influences as Degas, Courbet, and Manet. In this clearly written guide, Cassatt's courage shines through, but also her variety. Readers may begin to look at the women and children in the paintings and discern new expressions in their faces, not just the sweet sentiment that has usually been interpreted therein.
Five O'Clock Tea (1880) - oil on canvas | Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Smarthistory - Mary Cassatt - The Cup of Tea
- Smarthistory, a multimedia web-book about art: discussing Cassatt, The Cup of Tea
Mary Cassat, The Cup of Tea, oil on canvas, 1880-81 (Metropolitan Museum of Art)
- Smarthistory - mp3 podcast about Cassatt's The Cup of Tea
Podcast by: Founding and Managing Editors of SmarthistoryDr Beth Harris received her Master's degree from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, and her Doctorate in Art History from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Dr. Stev
This stunning 400-page compendium, published to accompany the important exhibition which travelled to San Francisco in the summer of 2008. It presents these pioneering painters alongside each other for the first time, reproducing their oil paintings, pastels, watercolors, drawings and etchings and offering a cogent rebuttal of familiar Impressionist narratives.Available in paperback and hardcover, 320 pagesmakaingamark saysI have just bought this book and it's a treasure. I particularly like the way it covers all aspects of their work and is not just limited to paintings. It expands my knowledge of painters I thought I already knew and has given me a whole new perspective on women impressionists generally. Production values are excellent.
Mary Cassatt and the Women Impressionists
This is the catalogue of the Women Impressionists exhibition held in San Francisco in 2008
Fine Art Prints by Mary Cassatt
Paperback: 160 pagesPublisher: Abbeville Press (November 1, 1980)
- NGA - Mary Cassatt — Selected Color Prints
Tour: Mary Cassatt - Selected Color PrintsKnown for her perceptive depictions of women and children, Mary Cassatt was one of the few American artists active in the nineteenth-century French avant-garde. Born to a prominent Pittsburgh family, she trav
- In the Omnibus, 1890-91 | The Art Institute of Chicago
Mary Cassatt (American, 1844-1926)printed by Leroy (French, active 1876-1900)In the Omnibus, 1890-91Drypoint and aquatint, in color, from three plates, partially printed la poupe, on ivory laid paper367 x 268 mm (plate); 437 x 300 mm (sheet)
- Mary Cassatt Drawings Etching Lithograph Watercolors
A signed Mary Cassatt drawing, etching, or lithograph offers an affectionate touch of maternity and the intimate relationship between mother and child.
Paperback: 148 pagesPublisher: Princeton University Press (November 6, 2000)
BOOK: Mary Cassatt: Prints and Drawings from the Artist's Studio - by Warren Adelson, Jay E. Cantor, Susan Pinsky, Marc Rosen, Barbara Stern Shapiro
The catalogue section of the book documents in exacting detail and in superb illustrations the 41 color prints, 127 black-and-white prints, and 36 drawings that constitute what is now known as the studio collection. Essays by leading experts tell the story of this rare collection and explore Cassatt's virtuosity as a printmaker. The result is an important and unusually beautiful publication that will intensify interest in this much-loved artist and stimulate a new appreciation of her significant contributions to modern printmaking.
Hardcover: 164 pagesPublisher: Adelson Galleries and Marc Rosen Fine Art; annotated edition edition (May 30, 2008)
BOOK: Mary Cassatt: Prints and Drawings from the Collection of Ambroise Vollard - by Marc Rosen, Susan Pinsky, Nancy Mowll Mathews, Sarah Bertalan
During Cassatt's extended residence in France, Ambroise Vollard, the cutting-edge dealer in Paris best known for his appreciation and promotion of the works of Cezanne and Picasso, was stunned by the vitality and modern vision of her works on paper. In particular, Vollard was fascinated by the sequential development of the prints, which provided an extraordinary visual record of her creative process. Vollard later acquired Cassatt's entire collection of her prints and drawings, most of which had never been exhibited. These works remained in his holdings until his death in 1939, when they were acquired by the distinguished French dealer and collector, Henri M. Petiet. Part of this trove of works was finally brought to light in 2000 by Marc Rosen Fine Art, Ltd. in the ground-breaking exhibition "Mary Cassatt: Prints and Drawings from the Artist's Studio" held at Adelson Galleries.
The full depth of this astonishing cache of Cassatt's graphic works is revealed in the final exhibition of this series, "Cassatt from the Collection of Vollard: Prints and Drawings." The exhibition and this accompanying catalogue include nearly 100 etchings, aquatints, and a group of important early drawings, which reveal the range of the artist's creative process and add to our understanding of her innovative approach to art. Of particular interest are the works dealing with the artit's central themes addressing the place of women in society and her unsentimental representations of women with children.
In addition to the illustrations the catalogue includes a foreword by Warren Adelson, an introduction by Marc Rosen, and essays by Nancy Mowll Mathews and Sarah Bertalan.
BOOK: Art in a Mirror: The Counterproofs of Mary Cassatt - By Warren Adelson
This book reveals, for the first time, a large and previously unknown group of 50 pastel counterproofs of Mary Cassatt. These counterproofs, which are literally mirror images of her pastels, produced by taking an impression of that original on a second sheet of paper, were a novel enterprise.
Paperback: 96 pagesPublisher: Adelson Galleries, Inc (Nov 2004)
Reviews of Mary Cassat and her work
- Interpretive Resource | The Art Institute of Chicago
Examination: Cassatt's Artistic Portrayals of Contemporary Women and ChildrenA look at two of Cassatt's favorite subjects - women involved in everyday activities and women interacting with children - and the influence of Japanese art on her work.Bart
- Art Institute of Chicago : Text : Examination: Cassatt's Artistic Portrayals of Contemporary Women
A look at two of Cassatt's favorite subjects - women involved in everyday activities and women interacting with children - and the influence of Japanese art on her work.
- Art Institute opf Chicago - Text : Examination: Cassatt's Impressionist Depiction of Contemporary L
Meet Mary Cassatt and learn about her interest in capturing everyday moments of contemporary life.Woman Reading in a Garden - Like her colleague Pierre Auguste Renoir, Mary Cassatt blurs the distinction between portraiture and genre painting in this
- Mary Cassatt: Mothers and Children
Mary Cassatt: Mothers and ChildrenMary Cassatt: A Feminist Painter of Domesticity?Emily Turner, Princeton Class of 2008
- Cassatt at the Opera
In the Loge with Lydia: Mary Cassatts Need for CompanionshipSpencer Case, Princeton Class of 2009
- American Artist: Pastel Masters
Pastel Masters by Naomi EkperiginCovers Degas, Cassatt, Chase, Chardin and Millet
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