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Woman in a Red Bodice and Her Child

Mary Cassatt

American Art

The boldly independent painter Mary Cassatt, who spent her entire career in France and was the only American to be included in the original French Impressionist exhibitions of the 1870s, is best remembered for her paintings of “modern madonnas,” such as the one on view here. Cassatt focused almost exclusively on this theme from the 1880s onward; while drawing on its long tradition in French art, she also took cues from her Impressionist peers, who portrayed their own domestic milieus as part of their imperative to paint modern life. Unmarried and childless, Cassatt relied on family and neighbors for her models, devoting particular attention to the intimate maternal embrace.
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
DATES ca. 1901
DIMENSIONS 27 x 20 1/4 in. (68.6 x 51.4 cm) Frame: 35 7/16 x 28 7/8 x 3 1/2 in. (90 x 73.3 x 8.9 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Signed lower left: "Mary CASSATT"
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Carll H. de Silver Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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CAPTION Mary Cassatt (American, 1844-1926). Woman in a Red Bodice and Her Child, ca. 1901. Oil on canvas, 27 x 20 1/4 in. (68.6 x 51.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Carll H. de Silver Fund, 19.95 (Photo: , 19.95_SL3.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 19.95_SL3.jpg., 2017
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