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The Power of the Female Gaze, 5/19-9/3/2017

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Young Mother, Daughter, and Baby (Jeune mère, fillette et bébé)

1913
43 1/4 x 33 1/4 in. (109.9 x 84.5 cm)

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

Object Type: Drawing
Medium and Support: Pastel on paper
Credit Line: Marion Stratton Gould Fund
Accession Number: 1959.16
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Location: Not currently on view

Mary Cassatt was an American artist who lived in France for much of her life, after having moved there at the age of 21 in order to study painting. Artist Edgar Degas admired Cassatt’s art and encouraged her to join the circle of painters that included Pierre Renoir and Claude Monet, the group that became known as the Impressionists. She first exhibited with them in 1879, when she was 35, and continued to be associated with them for the rest of her life. Cassatt was the only American woman in the group.

While Cassatt’s subjects were typically women and children, she herself lived an atypical life for a woman in that period. Cassatt was a strong supporter of women’s suffrage; this painting and others were exhibited in a 1915 exhibition at Knoedler’s that was organized by Cassatt’s good friend and staunch supporter, suffragist and art connoisseur Louisine Havemeyer.

[Gallery label text, 2009]

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Artist's signature, lower right: Mary Cassatt


Provenance
Purchased from the artist by Galerie Durand-Ruel, Paris, 1913, their stock number 10435; purchased from them by Mrs. Henry O. Havemeyer (1855-1929), New York, May 1914; her sale, American Art Association (Anderson Galleries), April 10-19, 1930, lot 86; purchased at that sale by Mrs. Albert Kahn, Detroit, MI; Wildenstein Galleries, New York, September 27 1945; Walter P. Chrysler, Jr. (1909-1988), New York and Norfolk, VA; Acquavella Galleries, New York; purchased from them by Caesar R. Diorio (dealer), New York, by 1959; purchased from him by the Gallery in 1959

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