Mary Cassatt: The Tea (1880)

“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…

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

  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…

Pierre-Auguste Renoir: Two Girls

Renoir….his paintings are immediately recognizable .  He is in a class of his own. This painting of two girls is both a snapshot in time and a masterpiece. (Image source: by Irina)