Mary Cassatt By the Pond c. 1898

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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
Drypoint and aquatint
plate: 13 × 16 15/16" (33 × 43 cm); sheet: 15 1/2 × 18 1/2" (39.3 × 47 cm)
Gift of Abby Aldrich Rockefeller
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