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Mary Cassatt

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Artist:
Edgar Degas, 19 Jul 1834 - 27 Sep 1917
Sitter:
Mary Stevenson Cassatt, 22 May 1844 - 14 Jun 1926
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
Stretcher: 73.3 x 60 x 3.8cm (28 7/8 x 23 5/8 x 1 1/2")
Frame: 94.6 x 80.3 x 8.9cm (37 1/4 x 31 5/8 x 3 1/2")
Type:
Painting
Date:
c. 1880-1884
Exhibition Label:
Born Allegheny City, Pennsylvania
The American impressionist Mary Cassatt spent her career in Europe, settling in Paris. Stifled by tradition, she regarded her exposure to the work of Edgar Degas in 1874 as a “turning point in my artistic life.” She later wrote that “Degas’s art is for the very few,” recognizing a critical sophistication required to appreciate his innovations. After her rejection by the Paris Salon of 1877, Cassatt welcomed Degas’s invitation to exhibit with the impressionists in 1879. Cassatt and Degas engaged in lively dialogues about the depiction of modern life, and their vibrant artistic exchange is evident in her willingness to model for him on several occasions. They also collected each other’s work. Degas captures the collaborative nature of their friendship in this portrait, where Cassatt is shown in what may be a photography studio holding photographs, possibly reproductions of works of art, seated, as if in the midst of conversation.
Topic:
Interior
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair
Costume\Headgear\Hat
Interior\Studio\Art
Mary Stevenson Cassatt: Female
Mary Stevenson Cassatt: Visual Arts\Artist\Printmaker\Etcher
Mary Stevenson Cassatt: Visual Arts\Artist\Painter
Mary Stevenson Cassatt: Visual Arts\Artist\Painter\Portraitist
Mary Stevenson Cassatt: Business and Industry\Businessman\Dealer\Art
Mary Stevenson Cassatt: Visual Arts\Artist\Painter\Pastelist
Mary Stevenson Cassatt: Legion of Honor
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation and the Regents' Major Acquisitions Fund, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.84.34
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Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery

Mary Cassatt (a Self-Portrait) (1844-1926), (painting)

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Painter:
Cassatt, Mary 1844-1926
Subject:
Cassatt, Mary
Medium:
Watercolor on paper
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Smithsonian Institution National Portrait Gallery 8th & F Streets, N.W Washington District of Columbia 20560 Accession Number: 76.33
Date:
Ca. 1880
Notes:
"Mary Cassatt: Modern Woman," New York: Art Institute of Chicago in association with H.N. Abrams, 1998, pl. 26.
Antiques (April 1977).
"National Portrait Gallery: Permanent Collection Illustrated Checklist," Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Instit. Press, 1987, pg. 55.
Breeskin, Adelyn Dohme, "Mary Cassatt: A Catalogue Raisonne of the Oils, Pastels, Watercolors, and Drawings," Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1970, no. 618.
Summary:
Self-portrait of Mary Cassatt wearing a hat, her body facing front, her head turned to the right, and her gaze directed off to the right.
Topic:
Portrait female--Self Portrait
Portrait female--Waist length
Occupation--Art--Painter
Dress--Accessory--Hat
Control number:
IAP 80044281
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums

The Pink Sash (Ellen Mary Cassatt), (painting)

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Painter:
Cassatt, Mary 1844-1926
Subject:
Cassatt, Ellen Mary
Medium:
Pastel on paper
Type:
Paintings
Date:
Ca. 1898
Notes:
Breeskin, Adelyn Dohme, "Mary Cassatt: A Catalogue Raisonne of the Oils, Pastels, Watercolors, and Drawings," Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1970, no. 287.
Summary:
A girl is seated in a big chair. Her left arm rests on the arm of the chair and her right hand rests in her lep. She looks toward the left.
Topic:
Portrait female--Child
Portrait female--Knee length
Control number:
IAP 80170287
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums

Ellen Mary Cassatt in a Big Blue Hat, (painting)

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Painter:
Cassatt, Mary 1844-1926
Subject:
Cassatt, Ellen Mary
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Date:
Ca. 1905
Notes:
Breeskin, Adelyn Dohme, "Mary Cassatt: A Catalogue Raisonne of the Oils, Pastels, Watercolors, and Drawings," Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1970, no. 467.
Summary:
A girl is seated facing forward with her hands in her lap. She wears a large blue hat and looks to the right.
Topic:
Portrait female--Child
Portrait female--Waist length
Dress--Accessory--Hat
Control number:
IAP 80170467
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums

The Caress

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Artist:
Mary Cassatt, born Allegheny City, PA 1844-died Mesnil-Theribus, France 1926
Medium:
oil on canvas
Dimensions:
32 7/8 x 27 3/8 in. (83.4 x 69.4 cm.)
Type:
Painting
Date:
1902
Topic:
State of being\emotion\love
Figure group\female and child
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of William T. Evans
Object number:
1911.2.1
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On View:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2nd Floor, East Wing
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum

Sara in a Green Bonnet

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Artist:
Mary Cassatt, born Allegheny City, PA 1844-died Mesnil-Theribus, France 1926
Sitter:
unidentified
Medium:
oil on canvas
Dimensions:
16 1/2 x 13 5/8 in. (42.0 x 34.5 cm.)
Type:
Painting
Date:
ca. 1901
Topic:
Figure female\child
Dress\accessory\hat
Portrait female\Sara
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of John Gellatly
Object number:
1929.6.11
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gardner and Ellen Mary Cassatt, (painting)

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Painter:
Cassatt, Mary 1844-1926
Subject:
Cassatt, Ellen Mary
Cassatt, Gardner
Medium:
Pastel on paper
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Metropolitan Museum of Art 5th Avenue at 82nd Street New York New York 10028 Accession Number: 57.182
Date:
1899
Notes:
Breeskin, Adelyn Dohme, "Mary Cassatt: A Catalogue Raisonne of the Oils, Pastels, Watercolors, and Drawings," Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1970, no. 302.
Topic:
Portrait group--Family--Siblings
Portrait female--Child
Portrait male--Child
Control number:
IAP 80170302
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums

Spanish Dancer Wearing a Lace Mantilla

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Artist:
Mary Cassatt, born Allegheny City, PA 1844-died Mesnil-Theribus, France 1926
Sitter:
unidentified
Medium:
oil on canvas
Dimensions:
25 5/8 x 19 3/4 in. (65.2 x 50.1 cm)
Type:
Painting
Date:
1873
Description:
Mary Cassatt spent a few months in Spain in the early 1870s. She went first to Madrid, where she copied the paintings of the Spanish masters, then established a studio in Seville. She made a series of paintings of Spanish life that emphasized the beauty and dress of the local women. This piece was exhibited at the 1874 Paris Salon under the title Ida, where it attracted the attention of French impressionist Edgar Degas. On seeing the work of Cassatt for the first time, Degas commented, “C’est vrai. Voilá quelqu’un qui sent comme moi” (It is true. There is someone who feels as I do).
Topic:
Dress\ethnic\Spanish dress
Ethnic\Spanish
Performing arts\dance
Dress\accessory\scarf
Dress\accessory\fan
Portrait female\Ida
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Victoria Dreyfus
Object number:
1967.40
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Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum

Young Girl in Blue (La Petite Fille En Bleu)

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Artist:
Mary Cassatt, American, b. Allegheny City, Pennsylvania, 1844–1926
Medium:
Watercolor and pencil on paper
Dimensions:
18 15/16 X 13 15/16 IN. (48.1 X 35.4 CM.)
Type:
Painting
Date:
(n.d.)
Provenance:
Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, sale, 20 October 1966, no. 99
Joseph H. Hirshhorn, New York, 20 October 1966-31 August 1981
Estate of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1981-1986
Joseph H. Hirshhorn Bequest, 1981
Exhibition History:
GALERIE CHARPENTIER, Paris. "L'Enfance," 1949, no. 246.
Published References:
MATHEWS, NANCY MOWLL, ed. Cassat: A Retrospective (Southport, CT: Hugh Lauter Levin Associates, 1996), colorpl. 109, p. 326.
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, The Joseph H. Hirshhorn Bequest, 1981
Accession Number:
86.854
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Data Source:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

The Sailor Boy: Gardner Cassatt, (painting)

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Painter:
Cassatt, Mary 1844-1926
Subject:
Cassatt, Gardner
Medium:
Pastel
Type:
Paintings
Date:
1892
Notes:
Breeskin, Adelyn Dohme, "Mary Cassatt: A Catalogue Raisonne of the Oils, Pastels, Watercolors, and Drawings," Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1970, no. 208.
Summary:
Half-length portrait of a boy facing foward with his head turned to look left. He wears a blue sailor suit.
Topic:
Portrait male--Child
Portrait male--Waist length
Control number:
IAP 80170208
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums

Portrait of Mrs. Currey; Sketch of Mr. Cassatt, (painting)

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Painter:
Cassatt, Mary 1844-1926
Subject:
Currey
Cassatt
Medium:
Oil
Culture:
African American
Type:
Paintings
Date:
Ca. 1871
Notes:
Breeskin, Adelyn Dohme, "Mary Cassatt: A Catalogue Raisonne of the Oils, Pastels, Watercolors, and Drawings," Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1970, no. 11.
Summary:
Portrait sketch of Mrs. Currey, a black woman wearing a white kerchief on her head. Below and upsidedown is a sketch of the artist's father, Mr. Cassatt.
Topic:
Portrait female--Bust
Ethnic
Portrait male--Head
Control number:
IAP 80170011
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums

Head of a Young Girl with Blue Eyes, Outdoors, (painting)

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Painter:
Cassatt, Mary 1844-1926
Subject:
Unidentified
Medium:
Oil
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Unlocated
Date:
Ca. 1875
Notes:
Breeskin, Adelyn Dohme, "Mary Cassatt: A Catalogue Raisonne of the Oils, Pastels, Watercolors, and Drawings," Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1970, no. 43.
Topic:
Portrait female--Head
Control number:
IAP 80170043
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums

The Long Gloves, (painting)

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Painter:
Cassatt, Mary 1844-1926
Medium:
Pastel on paper
Type:
Paintings
Date:
1889
Notes:
Breeskin, Adelyn Dohme, "Mary Cassatt: A Catalogue Raisonne of the Oils, Pastels, Watercolors, and Drawings," Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1970, no. 157.
Topic:
Figure female--Waist length
Dress--Accessory--Glove
Control number:
IAP 80170157
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums

Young Woman Fastening Her Sister's Dress, (painting)

Sisters, (painting)
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Painter:
Cassatt, Mary 1844-1926
Medium:
Pastel
Type:
Paintings
Date:
Ca. 1896
Notes:
Breeskin, Adelyn Dohme, "Mary Cassatt: A Catalogue Raisonne of the Oils, Pastels, Watercolors, and Drawings," Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1970, no. 261.
Topic:
Figure group--Family--Siblings
Control number:
IAP 80170261
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums

Maman et Son Bebe, (painting)

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Painter:
Cassatt, Mary 1844-1926
Medium:
Pastel
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Unlocated
Notes:
Iap Clippings File, N.d.
Topic:
Portrait group--Family--Mother & Child
Control number:
IAP 87230480
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums

Girl's Face, (painting)

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Painter:
Cassatt, Mary 1844-1926
Subject:
Unidentified
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Hirschl & Adler Galleries New York New York
Notes:
Owner, 1978.
Topic:
Portrait female--Child
Control number:
IAP 61070694
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums

Femme et Enfant, (painting)

Sketch of Mother Jeanne Looking Down, with Her Baby (No. 2), (painting)
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Painter:
Cassatt, Mary 1844-1926
Subject:
Unidentified
Medium:
Watercolor on paper
Type:
Paintings
Date:
Ca. 1908
Notes:
Owner, 1975.
Breeskin, Adelyn Dohme, "Mary Cassatt: A Catalogue Raisonne of the Oils, Pastels, Watercolors, and Drawings," Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1970, no. 667.
Summary:
Half-length sketch of a woman holding a baby in her arms.
Topic:
Figure group--Family--Mother & Child
Portrait female--Jeanne
Control number:
IAP 71481005
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums

Little Girl Playing on a Mandolin, (painting)

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Painter:
Cassatt, Mary 1844-1926
Medium:
Oil on wood panel
Type:
Paintings
Date:
Ca. 1874
Notes:
Breeskin, Adelyn Dohme, "Mary Cassatt: A Catalogue Raisonne of the Oils, Pastels, Watercolors, and Drawings," Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1970, no. 28.
Summary:
A girl, facing right but looking at the viewer, plays a mandolin.
Topic:
Figure female--Child--Waist length
Performing Arts--Music--Mandolin
Object--Musical Instrument--Mandolin
Control number:
IAP 80170028
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums

Little Girl with White Ruffled Yoke to Her Dress, (painting)

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Painter:
Cassatt, Mary 1844-1926
Subject:
Unidentified
Medium:
Oil
Type:
Paintings
Owner/Location:
Sotheby Parke Bernet New York New York
Date:
Ca. 1875
Notes:
Breeskin, Adelyn Dohme, "Mary Cassatt: A Catalogue Raisonne of the Oils, Pastels, Watercolors, and Drawings," Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1970, no. 36.
Sotheby Parke Bernet Sale Catalog, No.3925, 1976, lot 8a.
Topic:
Portrait female--Child
Control number:
IAP 80170036
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums

The Reader, (painting)

Femme assise, habillee en blanc, (painting)
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Painter:
Cassatt, Mary 1844-1926
Subject:
Unidentified
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Type:
Paintings
Date:
1877
Notes:
Breeskin, Adelyn Dohme, "Mary Cassatt: A Catalogue Raisonne of the Oils, Pastels, Watercolors, and Drawings," Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1970, no. 50.
Topic:
Portrait female--Waist length
Recreation--Leisure--Reading
Object--Written Matter--Book
Control number:
IAP 80170050
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums

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