Known as the painter of mothers and their children, Mary Cassatt was an American painter and printmaker active in France. She played a remarkable role in the history of art in the United States.
Mary Cassatt was an unconventional woman in her time, not marrying or having any children of her own, but preferring to travel and live a bohemian life alone in Europe. As a woman she succeeded in the primarily male dominated world of art and became a member of the Impressionist circle.
At the invitation of friend and fellow artist, Edgar Degas, she was the only American to have her work shown at the independent exhibitions of the Impressionists. Her works were shown alongside Monet, Morisot, and Pissarro. As the Impressionist group moved on so did Cassatt. A Japanese print exhibition in 1890 influenced Cassatt to put more focus on her color printmaking talents.
Learn more about this remarkable woman and the quality of her draughtsmanship in the variety of media that she worked with. Read Cassatt’s biography and then continue on to read more about her paintings.