Mary Cassatt (1844 - 1926)
One of only three women -- and the only American, woman or man -- invited to exhibit with the Impressionists in Paris, Cassatt spent the majority of her career abroad. In addition to producing her distinctive images of women and children, Cassatt also served as an advisor to important American collectors including Henry and Louisine Havemeyer, whose collection became a cornerstone of New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Philadelphia-born Cassatt studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts before setting off for Europe, where she eventually became a friend and colleague of Edgar Degas. Widely recognized on both sides of the Atlantic and considered one of the greatest living artists of her time, Cassatt was viewed as a truly "modern" woman, and she lent her efforts to help American women earn the right to vote.
Cassatt produced her characteristic figurative works in oil and pastel, and was also a highly accomplished printmaker and etcher. She owned a collection of Japanese prints, and the harmonious colors and flattened forms that characterize her style indicate the influence of Japonisme upon her work. She frequently employed friends and family members as her subjects, and the ensuing works explore themes of family, femininity, and daily life.
American Impressionism & Realism - 2 May - 28 July, 2011
American Works on Paper 1880-1930 - 20 October - 19 December, 2009
Mary Cassatt - Prints and Drawings from the Collection of Ambroise Vollard - 25 April - 6 June, 2008
Light Impressions - American Works on Paper 1875-1925 - 9 May - 30 June, 2006
Art in a Mirror: The Counterproofs of Mary Cassatt - Presented by Marc Rosen Fine Art Ltd. - 1 November, 2004 - 20 January, 2005
Beyond Native Shores - A Widening View of American Art, 1850 to 1975 - 1 April - 10 May, 2003
From the Artist's Studio - Unknown Prints and Drawings by Mary Cassatt - 10 November - 22 December, 2000
The Magazine Antiques - A Notable Collection of Prints and Drawings by Mary Cassatt, By Barbara Stern
The Magazine Antiques - Art In a Mirror: The Counterproofs of Mary Cassatt, By Pamela A. Ivinski - November