Mary Cassatt: Mother and Two Children, 1906

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

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

said Edgar Degas when he saw one of Mary Cassatt’s pictures.

David Lowe continues in American Heritage,

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

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Mother and Two Children, 1906, Mary Cassatt

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

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

Thanks for reading! 🙂


10 Comments Add yours

  1. Sunny says:

    This is a beautiful peace of art..

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  2. englepip says:

    A wonderful artist. Lovely to see this tribute.

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

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  3. I love the soft tones and the emotion she has captured.

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    1. I can’t look at this painting without remembering all my sweet babies. Thanks for visiting, Rosaliene. 🙂

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  4. Joyce Bowen says:

    Beautiful story. Thank you for sharing it.

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    1. I appreciate your visit, Joyce. 🙂

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  5. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    A very good artist that I find interesting and quite important in art history. I’ve also written about her.

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    1. I look forward to reading more about her at your blog, FBC. Thanks for your visit. 🙂

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      1. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

        You’re very welcome 😊

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