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Mary Cassatt|Artist|Painter|Art of Mothers & Children

Updated on May 30, 2014

Mothers and Daughters|Mary Cassatt Artist-Sculptures of Mother's and Daughters

As I contemplated the artwork of Mary Cassatt I wrote a poem called "Sculptures of Mothers and Daughters-A Poem of Remembrance". I have posted it here below.

I am a sculptor as well so it all seemed to fit quite well, Mary Cassatt, her loving pastels and paintings of children and their mothers, and me.


"Sculptures of Mothers and Daughters-A Poem of Remembrance"

Sculptures of mothers and daughters

tender works of art

cast to be remembered

this day

this loving day.

Mature women remember

mark birthdays on calendars

keep boxes with ribbons ready

cards already signed.

Fine art paintings

reproductions of the moment

in time

that will always be held dear

and ever so close to the heart.

Daughters will always be treasured

butterflies and roses

swings in the afternoon

daisies to pluck

to see if they have found true love.

Mary Cassett

gentle pastels

mothers and their daughters

living lives of peaceful days.

So tender each mark

pastel colors of grace.

Sculptures of mothers and daughters

made from bronze

cast forever

defining the sentiment

forever to last

forever token of caring.

Mothers reading to daughters

Humpty Dumpty illustrations

Mary Poppins

and Disney on Ice.

Fairy dust on pillows

Hans Christian Anderson

now Harry Potter Tales

lovingly read

to daughters by their mothers.

Teen age years come and gone

girls meeting the women they would become.

How quickly it all did pass.

Now with babes of their own

creating poses like Mary Cassatt.

These days to be treasured

remembered and written down.

These kind days

soft breezes sing

children's chatter remembered

through tears

longing to take those day back again.

Sculptures of mothers and daughters

tokens of glorious days

held close.

by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen

copyright 2008

So many women artists have been overlooked in art history, not Mary Cassatt though. Her work is too wonderful to pass over.

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.

Mary Cassatt Quotes

There's only one thing in life for a woman; it's to be a mother.... A woman artist must be ... capable of making primary sacrifices.

I think that if you shake the tree, you ought to be around when the fruit falls to pick it up.

Why do people so love to wander? I think the civilized parts of the World will suffice for me in the future.

I am independent! I can live alone and I love to work.

I have touched with a sense of art some people – they felt the love and the life.

Can you offer me anything to compare to that joy for an artist?

If painting is no longer needed, it seems a pity that some of us are born into the world with such a passion for line and color.

Cezanne is one of the most liberal artists I have ever seen. He prefaces every remark with Pour moi it is so and so, but he grants that everyone may be as honest and as true to nature from their convictions; he doesn't believe that everyone should see alike.

Mary Cassatt, "Breakfast in Bed"

Mary Cassatt, "Breakfast in Bed"
Mary Cassatt, "Breakfast in Bed"

Bat For Lashes - 10 - Travelling Woman (Two Suns)


"The Bath" by Mary Cassatt

"The Bath" by Mary Cassatt
"The Bath" by Mary Cassatt

Her Most Famous Painting (The Bath) - Mary Cassatt

by Annette Labedzki

American painter, Mary Stevenson Cassatt or Mary Cassatt (1844-1926) was a well-known 'Impressionist,' who left her indelible mark on the art scene, despite discouragement from her very affluent family of American stockbrokers. Determined Mary however, not only infused life to the 'Contemporary Art' through her creative contributions, but she also monetarily supported the 'Impressionist Movement.' Cassatt's choice of subjects, often set in pencil sketches, revolved mostly around mother and child activities and occasionally touched other domestic scenes. In 1893, Cassatt created her magnum opus "The Child's Bath" or "The Bath," which beautifully encapsulates the essence of motherhood.

Mary's "The Bath" is a work of oil on canvas, 39.5" X 26" in dimensions, featuring a mother giving bath to her child in the indoors, whereby the two figures cover almost two-third of the canvas. This masterpiece carries a strong influence of the Japanese art and interiors, portrayed through the block patterns on the carpet, the design of the wallpaper behind, the attire of the mother, and the white jug of water placed in front. The arrangement and the play of light indicate a source, most likely an open window towards the left side of the painting. The child, wrapped in white bath towel, is shown seated on the lap of her mother with one foot partly immersed in a white colored small tub of water and the other positioned on its purple rim.

The left hand of the child is placed on her mother's knee for support and the right hand is casually kept on her own lap. The mother, who is sitting on the floor, is shown holding the child with her left hand and using the right hand to wash her right foot. The mother is dressed in a long robe with white, green, and lavender colored broad, vertical stripes, which adds focus to the central figures against a background of bland interiors. The heads of the two figures are resting against each other, with their line of sight in the same direction, signifying their tender intimacy and involvement with the process of bathing. The various points of physical contact between the mother and her child are not only designed to represent a true-to-life situation, rather they are also used as media to highlight their emotional connection.

"The Bath" is a very well crafted work, backed by keen observation and fine execution, which attracted widespread public attention throughout. Ever since it became a part of the collection at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1910, it enticed many admirers and remains there among the most revered pieces of work of all times.

Annette Labedzki received her BFA at the Emily Carr College of Art and Design in Vancouver, B.C. Canada. She has more than 25 years experience. She is the founder and developer of an online art gallery featuring original art from all over the world. It is a great site for art collectors to buy original art. Is is also a venue for artists to display and sell their art . Artists can join for free and their image upload is unlimited. Please visit the website at

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A Little Peter, Paul and Mary


TURN ON SOME MORE MUSIC! as you enjoy my lens.


The lyrics to "Where Have All the Flowers Gone"


words and music by Pete Seeger

performed by Pete Seeger and Tao Rodriguez-Seeger

Where have all the flowers gone?

Long time passing

Where have all the flowers gone?

Long time ago

Where have all the flowers gone?

Girls have picked them every one

When will they ever learn?

When will they ever learn?

Where have all the young girls gone?

Long time passing

Where have all the young girls gone?

Long time ago

Where have all the young girls gone?

Taken husbands every one

When will they ever learn?

When will they ever learn?

Where have all the young men gone?

Long time passing

Where have all the young men gone?

Long time ago

Where have all the young men gone?

Gone for soldiers every one

When will they ever learn?

When will they ever learn?

Where have all the soldiers gone?

Long time passing

Where have all the soldiers gone?

Long time ago

Where have all the soldiers gone?

Gone to graveyards every one

When will they ever learn?

When will they ever learn?

Where have all the graveyards gone?

Long time passing

Where have all the graveyards gone?

Long time ago

Where have all the graveyards gone?

Covered with flowers every one

When will we ever learn?

When will we ever learn?

The image is of one of my paintings from my Victorian Series. The rest of this series can be found at:

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Music of Peter Paul and Mary

Sung by Peter Paul and Mary, this song can be found on their SEE WHAT TOMORROW BRINGS (1965).

"In The Early Morning Rain"

In the early morning rain, with a dollar in my hand

With an aching in my heart and my pockets full of sand

I'm a long way from home, and I miss my loved one so

In the early morning rain with no place to go

Out on runway number nine, big 707 set to go

But I'm stuck here on the ground where the cold winds blow

Well the liquor tasted good and the women were all fast

There she goes my friend, o she's rolling now at last

Here the mighty engines roar, see the silver bird on high

She's away and westward bound, high above the clouds she'll fly

Where the early rain don't fall and the sun always shines

She'll be flying o'er my home in about three hours time

This old airport's got me down, it's no earthly use to me

Cause I'm stuck here on the ground, cold and drunk as I might be

You can't jump a jet plane like you can a freight train

So I'd best be on my way in the early morning rain

See What Tomorrow Brings
See What Tomorrow Brings



This is the cd that has "In The Early Morning Rain" on it.



In The Early Morning Rain

Little Girls.. just the cutes!


I posted this You Tube of this little girl because she just expresses herself so well. She is singing from her dear little heart. The sound is not great but that is OK cause the little girl is so darling that she steals the show without sound even.

Ohhh so dear!


Bat For Lashes

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    • LornsA178 profile image


      5 years ago

      This is a great lens About Mary Cassatt, I love her art...your Poem on "Sculptures of Mothers and Daughters-A Poem of Remembrance" is so true...thanks for sharing.

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      goo2eyes lm 

      7 years ago

      squidangel blessings for mary cassatt.

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      7 years ago

      Great lens! I love Mary Cassatt & was lucky enough to see The Child's Bath in person several years ago. I wish she was more well-known!

    • goo2eyes lm profile image

      goo2eyes lm 

      7 years ago

      i never knew about her but now i do. thank you kathy for introducing her to me. i sing the song Where Have All the Flowers Gone at karaoke parties. very intellectual lens.


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