1. THE CHILD'S BATH
"The Child's Bath" is an 1892 painting by Mary Cassatt. It is a moment of intimacy, captured with both tenderness and reserve. It depicts the tenderness of the mother for her child, who has just been bathed. The small child sits naked on one end of the wide bathtub, with his back to the viewer, while the mother sits behind him, gently holding his hand. The mother's face is partly visible as she looks down at her son.
2. THE LETTER
3. CHILDREN PLAYING ON THE BEACH
Mary Cassatt painted this picture of children playing on the beach in 1894. There's a story behind it. Cassatt and her friends had formed a group they called the Tuesday Painters. The idea was to get together once a week to paint en plein air, outdoors. Everyone would bring their paintings to be critiqued by the others. Cassatt hated her first effort, which she thought looked like "a smudgy old kitchen sink." But everyone else loved it, especially Degas, who said it was "delicious." This gave Cassatt confidence that she was on the right track. She went on to become one of the pioneers of impressionism in America, and indeed one of the greatest American painters of all time.
4. THE CROCHET LESSON
She painted four versions of The Crochet Lesson, around 1879. One is in the Louvre, and three are in Philadelphia. The one that sold for $11.5 million was the one in Philadelphia. Cassatt's mother made lace, and Cassatt herself might have made this painting to sell it at a profit because Cassatt was often short of money. Or she might have just painted it because she liked making paintings. If her mother hadn't taught her how to make lace, she wouldn't have had anything to paint; if she hadn't liked making paintings, she wouldn't have bothered to paint this one. The title is odd who would buy lace from someone who calls it "the crochet lesson"? It probably refers to the portraitist's work of art, not what is being made here; but that portraitist isn't Cassatt, it's the viewer (and in fact there is a copy in the Louvre titled La Leçon de Tricot). Cassatt's paintings usually show women doing things by themselves. Some are working, some are relaxing at home. They are about being an independent woman in a way that isn't sentimental or self-pitying or "feminist." They are about being human
6. THE BOATING PARTY
7. WOMAN BATHING
Cassatt became a passionate fan of the ukiyo-e art movement after attending an exhibition of Japanese art in Paris in 1890. In the following year, Mary Cassatt presented a show of drypoint and color aquatint prints, one of the few artists producing such prints at the time. Although each of the works is unique, they remain true to their Impressionist painterly roots by avoiding the use of black. Woman Bathing used Romanticizing the intimate gaze of a woman bathing, the color palette and oriental details blend impressionist and Japanese woodblock genres.
8. FIVE O'CLOCK TEA
Five O'Clock Tea paintings and Cassatt's early paintings often depict wealthy women engaged in everyday life in Paris. This was a life she was familiar with and participated. Her obsession with painting women and a desire to depict the real world of her time came together in the iconic works that made her famous. But one story leaves the viewer uncertain whether what they think they know is false or a projection of their associations with femininity and womanhood.
9. LITTLE GIRL IN A BLUE ARMCHAIR
The 1878 painting Little Girl in a Blue Armchair is in the collection of the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., Artist Mary Cassatt was born in Pennsylvania, but she spent most of her life in France, she took up residence in Paris, where she was invited by Edgar Degas to exhibit her works alongside the French impressionists. By using vibrant brushstrokes and an off-center focal point, Cassatt created a dynamic interaction in this moment captured between rest and play. At his first exhibition with the Impressionist painters in 1879, Cassatt reworked this painting with the help of his friend Edgar Degas, who was constantly trying out new painting styles and media.
10. MADAME GAILLARD AND HER DAUGHTER MARIE-THÉRÈSE
In this double portrait, Madame Gaillard and Her Daughter Marie-Thérèse are seated together, their faces revealing an especially close relationship. They both seem like different physical types by Madame Gaillard is blonde and brown-haired, and her daughter has an olive complexion and long, dark hair. Dressed in dark dresses with fashionable puffed sleeves, Marie-Thérèse drapes her arm over her mother's shoulder, looks directly at the viewer with an overly dramatic pose. His mother, on the other hand, gazes off into the distance with an unreadable expression that may indicate either quiet sadness or introspection.