Mary Cassatt: Mother and Two Children, 1906

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Mother and Two Children by Mary Cassatt, 1906, Image Credit: The Athenaeum

I do not admit that a woman can draw like that,”

said Degas when he saw one of her pictures.

At eight o’clock on the evening of June 14, 1926, a very old woman—blind and suffering from advanced diabetes—died in her chateau on the edge of the tiny village of Mesnil-Theribus, some thirty miles northwest of Paris. At her funeral, because she held the Legion of Honor, there was a detail of soldiers, and because she was chatelaine of the manor house, the village band played and most of the townspeople followed her coffin to the cemetery. There was nothing extraordinary in this; it is a not uncommon ritual in the villages of France. But an observant visitor to the old woman’s chateau and to the cemetery in which she was buried would have been struck by two quite astonishing things. In the beautiful high rooms of the house were paintings of a rare quality—paintings by Monet, Pissarro, and Courbet—and on the tomb in which she was laid to rest was this inscription: Sépulture de la Famille CASSATT native de Pennsylvanie États-Unis de l’Amérique

Continue excellent condensed biography of Mary Cassatt at American Heritage written by David Lowe

 

Mother and Two Children, 1906, Mary Cassatt

  • Image Credit: The Athenaeum
  • Size: 74.3×92.08 cm
  • Medium: oil on canvas

Thanks for reading! 🙂

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. englepip says:

    A wonderful artist. Lovely to see this tribute.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. I agree – her paintings capture something special. Thanks for commenting! 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

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