Sunday, May 11, 2008

A Painter Of Mothers

Mary Cassatt was born in Pennsylvania in 1844, but spent most of her life in Paris. She was a contemporary and friend of Degas, Monet, Renoir and Pissaro and the only American invited to join their outsider, independent artists' group that came to be known as the Impressionists. In 1891, inspired by the printmaking of Japanese masters, she produced dry point and aquatints, of which a Smithsonian curator says "...technically, as color prints, they have never been surpassed". Although she remained unmarried and childless, her most famous paintings are of children and their mothers.

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