Mary Cassatt

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Mary Cassatt

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Mary Cassatt

Cassatt began studying painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia at the early age of 15


Children on the Beach (1884)

Child in Straw Hat (1886)

"The first sight of Degas pictures, was the turning point of my artistic life"

Mary Cassatt was an American painter and printmaker. She was born on May 22 1844 in Allegheny City, Pennsylvania. Mary belonged to the upper middle class family, and is very educated. Her father name is Robert Simpson Cassatt and her mother’s name is Katherine Kelso Johnston. Mary died on June 14, 1926 at Château de Beaufresne, near Paris.

-Portrait of Madame Sisley (1873)-The Reader (1877)-In the Box (1879)-Miss Mary Ellison (1880)-Children on the Beach (1884)-Child in Straw Hat (1886)-Nurse Reading to a Little Girl (1895)-Young Woman in Green, Outdoors -in the Sun (1914)-Lilacs in a Window (1879)-Lydia Leaning on Her Arms, Seated in Loge (1879)-Maternité (1890)-Jules Being Dried by His Mother (1900)-The Pink Sash (1898)-Margot in Blue (1903)-Madame Meerson and Her Daughter (1899),-The Child's Bath (1893)

Miss Mary Ellison (1880)

"If painting is no longer needed, it seems a pity that some of us are born into the world with such a passion for line and color"

1844- Mary Cassat was born.1860 to 1862- Mary spent her early years with her family in France and Germany.1865-Mary studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.1868-She stayed in Courance and Écouen and studied with Édouard Frère and Paul Soyer.1870- Cassatt's painting The Mandolin Player (private collection) was accepted at the Paris Salon, the first time her work was represented there.After three-and-a-half years in France, she returned to Philadelphia.1871- Cassatt returned to Europe.1872- She spent eight months in Parma, Italy studying the paintings of Correggio and Parmigianino.1873- Mary visited Spain, Belgium, and Holland to study and copy the works of Velázquez, Rubens, and Hals.1874-Cassatt settled in Paris, where she began to show regularly in the Salons1877-Edgar Degas invited Mary to join the group of independent artists later known as the Impressionists.1879 to 1886- Cassatt exhibited in four of their eight exhibitions.1901- Mary accompanied Mr. and Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer on a collecting trip in Italy and Spain. Also gave up printmaking.1904- Mary had stopped making paintings1926-Mary spent most of the war years in Grasse and died in 1926 at her country home, Château de Beaufresne.

Self Potrait of Mary Cassatt

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