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Lydia Crocheting in the Garden at Marly

Artist:
Mary Cassatt (American, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1844–1926 Le Mesnil-Théribus, Oise)
Date:
1880
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
25 13/16 x 36 7/16 in. (65.6 x 92.6 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Gardner Cassatt, 1965
Accession Number:
65.184
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 768
Cassatt and her family spent the summer of 1880 at Marly-le-Roi, about ten miles west of Paris. Ignoring the village’s historic landmarks in her art, Cassatt focused instead on the domestic environment. Here, she portrayed her elder sister, Lydia, fashionably dressed and insulated by a walled garden from any modern hurly-burly. Lydia is absorbed in the sort of old-fashioned handicraft that was increasingly prized by the well-to-do as factory manufacture by working-class women escalated. Although Cassatt was generally uninterested in plein-air painting, she captured the effects of dazzling sunlight beautifully in this work, especially in Lydia’s large white hat.
Signature: [at lower left]: Mary Cassatt.
with Durand-Ruel Galleries, Paris, 1893; P. A. B. Widener, Philadelphia, 1894; the artist's brother, Alexander J. Cassatt, Philadelphia, until died 1906; his son, Robert Kelso Cassatt, Rosemont, Pennsylvania, until died 1944 and his wife, Mrs. Robert Kelso Cassatt, Rosemont, Pennsylvania, 1944; their nephew and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Gardner Cassatt, Villanova, Pennsylvania, until 1965
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