Mary Cassatt was the only American to exhibit with the French Impressionists. She lived most of her life as an expatriate, committed to a career as an artists, despite social restrictions, parental disapproval and indifference from the critics.
Born in Pennsylvania her family lived in France for four years and she saw the Universal Exposition of 1855 which featured both Ingres and Delacroix. Her art studies began at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and in 1866 she went to Paris but was unable to enroll in the Ecole des Beaux-Arts because she was a woman. She was influenced by the art of Courbet and Manet, and late in 1871 studied engraving at the Parma Academy in Italy. After settling in Paris she submitted pictures to the yearly Salons until 1877 when Degas asked her to exhibit with the Societe Anonyme, labeled the impressionists. Her works were purchased principally by Mr and Mrs H.O. Havemeyer who became major collectors of the French impressionists.
Related Artists include: William CHASE, Edgar DEGAS, Eakins, Ando HIROSHIGE, Claude MONET, Berthe MORISOT /
Notable works include:
Lady at the Tea Table 1885 - The METROPOLITAN MUSEUM of ART - New York
Little Girl in a Blue Armchair 1878
Mother About to Wash Her Sleepy Child 1880
Girl Arranging Her Hair 1886
The Letter 1891
The Bath 1892
Young Mother Sewing
Original is oil on canvas
Bequest of Mrs H.O. Havemeyer 1929
The METROPOLITAN MUSEUM of ART - New York