The Mandolin Player
9 3/8 x 6 1/4 in. (23.8 x 15.9 cm)
(Allegheny City, PA, 1844 - 1926, Le Mesnil-Théribus, France)
Medium and Support:
Marion Stratton Gould Fund
Location: Not currently on view
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]
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.
Aladar Loewy, New York (dealer); purchased from him by the Gallery in 1954
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This object has the following bibliographic references:
Memorial Art Gallery.
Rochester, New York: Memorial Art Gallery, 1935-1995.
Article Scope: Entry.
Sandra Haller Olsen.
A Survey of American Printmaking from the Collection of the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester.
Rochester, NY: Memorial Art Gallery, 1987.
Article Author: Breeskin, Adelyn D..
Article Title: The Graphic Works of Mary Cassatt.
Article Scope: Mention.
New York, NY
Volume Number: VII,
Issue Number: 2.
Issue Date: December 1936.
Page Number: 69
Article Scope: Exhibition Checklist.
Nancy Mowll Mathews.
Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas.
San Jose, California: San Jose Museum of Art, 1981.
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