One of the few Americans to play a key role in the development of Impressionism, Cassatt often focused on quiet moments between mothers and children. Here she describes a baby apparently about to squirm against an embrace. The composition is composed of flat areas of jewellike color, revealing Cassatt’s interest in Japanese ukiyo-e (woodblock) prints, which she saw at an exhibition in Paris in 1890. For this work she also looked to Western methods of printmaking, using drypoint to create a precise descriptive contour and aquatint to provide deep color.
Gallery label from 2019