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'Afternoon Tea Party,' Mary Cassatt, 1891, color prints with drypoint and aquatint, part of the exhibition "Daring Methods: The Prints of Mary Cassatt" at the New York Public Library. Drinking tea was part of the daily life of women in Cassatt's social circles, but it has appropriately Japanese overtones, too. Here, touches of gold on the cups, saucers, plate, and pitcher were applied with a brush in the fifth and final state.
Mary Cassatt (American, 1844–1926). Lady at the Tea Table, 1883–85. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of the artist, 1923 (23.101) | Cassatt's portrait shows her mother's first cousin, Mary Dickinson Riddle, presiding at tea, a daily ritual among upper-middle-class women. The portrait demonstrates Cassatt's mastery of Impressionism in its sketchlike finish, its casual handling of anatomy, and the sitter's indifference to the viewer. #OneMetManyWorlds