Mary Cassatt: Mrs. Cassatt Reading to her Grandchildren (1880)

Mrs Cassatt Reading to her Grandchildren (1880).
Mary Cassatt (American, 1844-1926).
Oil on canvas.

 

Cassatt’s nieces and nephew Eddie (eleven), Elsie (five), and Katherine (called Sister, nine) crowd around their grandmother as she reads fairy tales from a bright red book. Mary’s mother was often called upon to be a conspirator in getting children to pose attentively for her daughter and perhaps often brought out the fairy tales for that purpose.

Quote and image credit from books0977

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