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Mary Cassatt

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S: Mary Cassatt

BC: The End | By: Lindy Cronk For: Visual Arts 1 Spring Semester 2011

FC: Mary Cassatt

1: Mary was born in 1844 in Allegheny City Pennsylvania. She grew up in Philadelphia, as the daughter of an investment banker. She lived in France and Germany with her family for four years before returning to Philadelphia. | Mary Cassatt's Childhood | Portrait of Mary's sister | Early influences include Ingres, Delacroix, Corot and Courbet. | From the house in France

2: Although Mary's family objected to the idea of her becoming a professional artist, she began studying painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts when she was fifteen years old. However she thought the teaching was to slow so she began studying on her own. When she was twenty-two she moved to Paris and began studying under the instruction of masters from Ecole des Beaux-Arts. She also had time of instruction with Charles Chaplin and Thomas Couture. | Early Instruction

5: Mary Cassatt used impressionism which is a style of painting originated and developed in France. It is characterized by the the visible brush strokes and light colors, open composition and focus on light.

7: Unlike mosts artists of her time, Cassatt painted mostly portraits rather than landscape and street scenes.

8: She loved painting children especially the close relationships between mothers and their babies.

12: When Mary wasn't painting mothers and their children, she carefully portrayed images from the social and private lives of women.

14: Many people criticized her work because of the fact that she

15: did not falsely flatter her subjects as many artists did then.

16: Some of Mary Cassatt's most famous paintings include Children on the Shore, Young Mother Sewing, and The Boating Party

17: The Bath is possibly Mary's most famous painting.

18: Mary Cassatt achieved many things in her life. She defied the odds and became one of the first female artists, paving the way for more women to follow in her footsteps. She became a role model to many young American artists and an adviser to many major collectors.

19: In 1915, she began slowly losing her vision as a result of diabetes and was forced to give up painting which was her greatest source of pleasure.Mary Cassatt died on June 14, 1926 at the age of 86.

20: Sources | "Mary Cassatt."The Metropolian Museum of Art.2, February, 2011. Web. 30, May, 2011 | "Mary Cassatt." bio.true.story. 2007.Web.30,May,2011 | Mary Cassatt: The Complete Works." Web. 30, May, 2011 | Mary Cassatt: Modern Woman." Art Institute of Chicago.2010. Web. 30, May, 2011 | Mary Cassatt (1845-1926)." Olga's Gallery. 11, May, 2011. Web. 30, May, 2011

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