Mary Cassatt: Tea (1880)

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Tea by Mary Cassatt, 1880, oil on canvas, 25½ × 36¼ in., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Cassatt’s paintings often document the social interactions of well-to-do women like herself. The activities they depict—tea drinking, going to the theatre, tending children—fall within the normal routine for Cassatt’s sex and class. Yet the painter’s insistence upon representing such episodes from the modern world (even a sheltered segment of it), her dislike for narrative, and her devotion to surface arrangement and color, all evident in The Tea, mark Cassatt’s dedication to the most advanced artistic principles of her day.
Quote from Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
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Tea by Mary Cassatt, 1880, detail
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Tea by Mary Cassatt, 1880, detail
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Tea by Mary Cassatt, 1880, detail

 

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