November 22, 2021 5 min read

Mary Cassatt Born on May 22, 1844 in the city of Allegheny, U.S. Mary Cassatt was an American artist. She studied art in Pennsylvania at the Academy of Fine Arts in 1861-1865. She studied and painted in Italy, Holland and Spain between 1866 and 1874 before settling in Paris, where he lived until her death. She met Degas, who encouraged her to apply for entrance to the impressionist group. She is best known for her portraits of women and children such as The Morning Toilet (1886) and Mother Feeding a Child (1898). This is 10 works that famous of Mary Cassatt.


"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. 


Mary Cassatt's The Letter is one of the most popular paintings in the world. It has been reproduced more than a million times; it hangs in the world's most famous museums and is listed among their most prized possessions. But few people who own or enjoy it know its fascinating history: how it was created, and how it was almost lost.


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.


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


The painting is Summertime by Mary Cassatt , the American artist who spent most of her life in Paris. To me, this painting is just as much about summertime in Paris as it is about family life. Since it's painted in oil on canvas, that means that Cassatt had to paint it outdoors, in the real sunlight that summer days bring. It didn't take long for other artists to figure out how she managed to get such beautiful colors and light effects. What she did was to go around with a big white umbrella and reflect sunlight back onto her subject matter.


The Boating Party is an oil painting by the American artist Mary Cassatt, the painting was created in 1893-1894 and has been part of the National Gallery of Arts  collection since 1963. In this work, possibly inspired by Japanese prints. Mary Cassatt abandoned impressionism to adopt a more vivid color to perfect paintings.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Geoffrey CONCAS
Geoffrey CONCAS