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An Early Impressionist American Painter – Mary Cassatt

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Mary Cassatt, After 1900


"I doubt if you know the effort it is to paint! The concentration it requires, to compose your picture, the difficulty of posing the models, of choosing the color scheme, of expressing the sentiment and telling your story! The trying and trying again and again and oh, the failures, when you have to begin all over again! The long months spent in effort upon effort, making sketch after sketch. Oh, my dear! No one but those who have painted a picture know what it costs in time and strength!"

"After a time, you get keyed up and it 'goes', you paint quickly and do more in a few weeks than in the preceding weary months. When I am en train, nothing can stop me and it seems easy to paint, but I know very well it is the result of my previous efforts." 

-  Mary Cassatt quotation reprinted from, Sixteen to Sixty: Memoirs of a Collector, by Louisine W. Havemeyer.


Picking Flowers in a Field (1875)


In 1877, Cassatt “meets Degas who invites her to exhibit with…the Impressionists (in France).  In 1879, “Cassatt exhibits for the first time with the Impressionists in their fourth show in Paris."


Profile Portrait of Lydia Cassatt (1880)


In 1880 and 1881, “(Cassatt again) participates in the…Impressionist exhibition(s).”


Lydia Seated on a Porch, Crocheting (1882)


In 1882, “due to a membership dispute, both Degas and Cassatt refuse to participate in the seventh Impressionist exhibition.”


Alexander J. Cassatt and his Son, Robert Kelso Cassatt (1885)


In 1887, “(Cassatt) organizes and participates in the eighth and final Impressionist exhibition.”


Lilacs in a Window (1889)


In 1891, “both Pissarro and Cassatt are excluded from the Societe des Peintres-Graveurs Francais exhibition due to foreign citizenship.”


Summertime (1894)




(The above quotations are courtesy of artnet and its Artist Works Catalogues.  The images are courtesy and with the permission of Mary Cassatt Catalogue Raisonne project with the collaboration of Adelson Galleries, and artnet and its Artist Works Catalogues.  At its AWC, there is this: “…artnet offers these catalogues free to the public as an educational resource.  Simply click on an individual artist's image to begin, and check back often to browse new catalogues.”) 


I have a law degree (Stanford, 66') but have never practiced. Instead, from 1967 through 1977, I tried to contribute to the revolution in America. As unsuccessful as everyone else over that decade, in 1978 I went to work for the U.S. Forest (more...)
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Food for the spirit is even more important than fo... by sometimes blinded on Friday, Jan 2, 2009 at 3:04:42 PM
Thank you, I LOVE Mary Cassatt, I saw her retrospe... by Meryl Ann Butler on Saturday, Jan 3, 2009 at 1:21:31 AM
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