Friday, 20 April 2012

Mary Cassatt

The pensive reader

Nurse reading to a little girl

Woman reading in a garden

Auguste reading to her daughter, 1910

The garden reading

Reading to the children

Françoise in a round-backed chair, reading

Young girl reading, 1908

Skech for Francoise in a round backed chair reading, 1908

The reader (Lydia Cassatt), 1878

Lydia Cassatt reading the morning paper

Portrait of a lady reading Le Figaro

The reading lesson, 1901

Young lady reading

Reading the book

Country living

Portrait of Alexander J. Cassat and his son Robert Kelso Cassatt

The artist's father reading, 1883

Mary Stevenson Cassatt

born May 22. 1844 in Allegheny City (Pennsylvania), USA

died June 14, 1926 (82) in Château de Beaufresne, near Paris, France

Mary Cassatt
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  1. You may want to check the source of "Young mother in the garden." I have seen it attributed to Helen Galloway McNicoll, a Canadian painter. Nevertheless, I am enjoying perusal of your blog!

  2. @Anonymous, you are totally right. I've deleted the artwork here.

  3. I enjoyed your take on women in paintings reading, absorbed, sharing the word with children. There is another look at this type of art work, women who are not being challenged, or women who are in their 'place.' It was mostly men who painted women, like Impressionist Guy Rose, and they gave their women a vapid, sort of not connected appearance, a decoration to the painting. Certainly not someone who might cause any undo scuffle. Mary Cassett, along with other female artists of her time, had to paint subjects deemed appropriate for their cultural moment in history. Love the paintings, mostly peaceful and nurturing, but should we ask why?

  4. @Linda Loveland Reid. Thank you for your interesting e-mail. I think you're right that the paintings are reflecting the time in which they were created. Where there are reading men in it, they are mostly reading in the paper or studying. Nowadays we expect different paintings where women and men are more equally seen. Unfortunately reading people in art are more rare nowadays in art. So a good comparison with for example the 19e century is not really possible.