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The Mandolin Player

ca. 1889
9 3/8 x 6 1/4 in. (23.8 x 15.9 cm)

Mary Cassatt
American (Allegheny City, PA, 1844 - 1926, Le Mesnil-Théribus, France)

Object Type: Print
Medium and Support: Drypoint
Credit Line: Marion Stratton Gould Fund
Accession Number: 1954.29
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Although Cassatt began her artistic training in Pennsylvania, from an early age she frequently traveled and lived in Europe. She settled in Paris in 1874, where she became a close friend of Edgar Degas. She soon became affiliated with the French Impressionists and exhibited with them from 1879 until 1886.

Here, the mandolin player holds her instrument as though she were actually playing it while looking at the music on the stand. She is seated on an upholstered settee in a room with a framed picture and a fan on the wall behind her.

[Label copy from Monet: Vision and Process exhibition, 2018]

Bibliography
General references: The Graphic Art of Mary Cassatt, Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1967, p. 25, no. 35, repr., where the work is dated to 1889; Adelyn Dohme Breeskin, Mary Cassatt: A Catalogue Raisonne of the Graphic Work, Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1979, p. 58, cat. No. 130, repr.; Adelyn Dohme Breeskin, Mary Cassatt: Graphic Art, Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1981, p. 16, cat. no. 22, repr.


Provenance
Aladar Loewy, New York (dealer); purchased from him by the Gallery in 1954

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