Mary Cassatt

Mary Cassatt (kəsăt´), 1844–1926, American figure painter and etcher, b. Pittsburgh. Most of her life was spent in France, where she was greatly influenced by her great French contemporaries, particularly Manet and Degas, whose friendship and esteem she enjoyed. She allied herself with the impressionists early in her career. Motherhood was Cassatt's most frequent subject. Her pictures are notable for their refreshing simplicity, vigorous treatment, and pleasing color. She excelled also as a pastelist and etcher, and her drypoints and color prints are greatly admired. She is well represented in public and private galleries in the United States. Her best-known pictures include several versions of Mother and Child (Metropolitan Mus.; Mus. of Fine Arts, Boston; Worcester, Mass., Art Mus.); Lady at the Tea-Table (Metropolitan Mus.); Modern Women, a mural painted for the Women's Building of the Chicago exposition; and a portrait of the artist's mother.

See catalog by A. D. Breeskin (1970, rev. ed. 1980); N. M. Mathews, ed., Cassatt and Her Circle: Selected Letters (1984); N. Hale, Mary Cassatt (1987); N. M. Mathews, Mary Cassatt: A Life (1994).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2015, The Columbia University Press.

Mary Cassatt: Selected full-text books and articles

Sargent, Whistler, and Mary Cassatt By Frederick A. Sweet Art Institute of Chicago, 1954
The Women Impressionists: A Sourcebook By Russell T. Clement; Annick Houzé; Christiane Erbolato-Ramsey Greenwood Press, 2000
Librarian’s tip: "Mary Cassatt" begins on p. 17
Singular Women: Writing the Artist By Kristen Frederickson; Sarah E. Webb University of California Press, 2003
Librarian’s tip: "Two Ways of Thinking about Mary Cassatt" begins on p. 100
The Expanding Discourse: Feminism and Art History By Norma Broude; Mary D. Garrard Westview Press, 1992
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Mary Cassatt begins on p. 248
Embracing the East: White Women and American Orientalism By Mari Yoshihara Oxford University Press, 2003
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Mary Cassatt begins on p. 49
Art in America: A Complete Survey By Holger Cahill; Alfred H. Barr Jr Reynal & Hitchcock, 1935
American Artists By Royal Cortissoz Charles Scribner's Sons, 1923
Librarian’s tip: Chap. XII "Women in Impressionism"
Celebrating Everyday Life By Denker, Eric School Arts, Vol. 97, No. 1, September 1998
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