Mary Cassatt reproductions

Mary Cassatt reproductions

Mary Cassatt, an American painter of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, was closely drawn to the Impressionists, particularly Edgar Degas, and spent much of her artistic career in France. She excelled in depicting the social and private lives of women, with emphasis on the relationship between mother and child. Her images speak for fresh simplicity, positive treatment and a stunning range of colours. Mary was also popular as a pastelist, and she gained a great deal of admiration for the dry prints and color prints.

Although she was born and well provided in the home of a wealthy real estate and investment broker, she was despised for her interest in the arts; however, at the age of 16 she managed to enroll in the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. The male faculty and colleagues were, of course, resentful of her, punishing her with a slow paced curriculum. Overcoming all the objections she had raised, she moved to Paris, the center of avant-garde exploration, to pursue her art studies.

Considering that the women could not be part of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts at that time, Mary studied with Jean-Leon Gerome in private. She was fortunate enough to be welcomed by this highly esteemed artist, renowned for his hyper-realistic techniques and exotic subjects. Cassatt made the most of her artistic training with daily copying in the Louver. It's the museum where Frenchmen and American female students came together.

During the Franco-Prussian war, Mary returned home as soon as she returned to Europe and started to present paintings and informal studies, now with the Italian Manierist Antonio Correggio and Diego Velázquez, in Spain. The most important thing that happened in her artistic life was to see Degas and to join Independents, the parent party of the Impressionists. Eventually, she was introduced to etching and abandoned the Salon-style painting. However, she continued to adhere to the Impressionist paintings.

Although Cassatt never married, she had an immense fascination with children, and a strange kind of tenderness echoed her portraits. Perhaps this was the result of her attachment to her nieces and nephews. Unlike her character, her paintings portrayed light and happiness instead of depicting the powerful woman she was. Even after the demise of the Impressionist party, Cassatt remained in touch with people like Renoir, Monet and Pissarro. Unfortunately, at the time of her death, the artist was completely blind.

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