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Mary Stevenson Cassatt (1844-1926) was an American painter and printmaker. She lived much of her adult life in France, where she first befriended Edgar Degas and later exhibited among the Impressionists. Cassatt often created images of the social and private lives of women, with particular emphasis on the intimate bonds between mothers and children. Her paintings have sold for as much as 2.9 million.

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Paintings by Mary Cassatt

The Child's Bath by Mary Cassatt, painted in 1893, demonstrates Mary Cassatt's increased interest in Japanese art in her later career. Cassatt admired Utamaro, a late 18th-century ukiyo-e master who was renowned for his portrayal of the private lives of women going about their daily activities.


'The Child's Bath' by Mary Cassatt, influenced by Japanese wood block prints. 1893. At the time she created this painting, the high vantage point, tight cropping of the forms, and bold outline were all unconventional artistic devices.


Mary Cassatt (American, 1844–1926) In the Loge, 1878 Oil on canvas; 32 x 26 in. (81.3 x 66 cm) Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The Hayden Collection, Charles Henry Hayden Fund


Mary Cassatt (1844-1926). Young Mother In the Garden. Cassatt was instrumental in bringing the works of the Impressionist movement to America. She was a close friend of Degas and exhibited alongside in 1879. Cassatt principally painted children and scenes of motherhood with simplicity, energetic brushwork, and glowing colors.

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Paintings by Mary Cassatt

Children Playing on the Beach by Mary Cassatt In works such as the 1884 painting Children Playing on the Beach, Mary Cassatt looked at children with an honest eye. Cassatt captured their clumsy and often random motions and gave them a real rather than a cherubic aspect


mary her capture of family, of women as roles of mothers...i look at this little girl all tuckered out and this looks like she could be my little girl tired and not caring about the world around her, flopping into a chair for a rest.