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date: 26 May 2024

Cassatt, Mary (1844–1926). Painter and printmaker 

The Oxford Dictionary of American Art and Artists

Ann Lee Morgan

Admired especially for images of women, often with their children, she counteracted this potentially sentimental subject matter with rigorous design and an expression of introspective gravity. Living in Paris throughout her professional life, she ranked as the only American artist to exhibit in the impressionist group shows. Like her mentor Degas, she concentrated on figural representations of modern life, favored solidly constructed forms over atmospheric veils of color, and often worked in pastel, a medium congenial to her accomplished draftsmanship. Since her own day, she has been acknowledged for the independence of her life and art, unusual for a woman at that time. Despite prolonged absence abroad, she established a considerable reputation at home through contacts with traveling Americans and exhibitions in the United States. She also influenced American taste by advising several important collectors, notably her good friend ... ...

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