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Mother Feeding Child

Artist:
Mary Cassatt (American, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1844–1926 Le Mesnil-Théribus, Oise)
Date:
1898
Medium:
Pastel on wove paper, mounted on canvas
Dimensions:
25 1/2 x 32 in. (64.8 x 81.3 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
From the Collection of James Stillman, Gift of Dr. Ernest G. Stillman, 1922
Accession Number:
22.16.22
Not on view
After about 1893, Cassatt's attention to the special bond between mother and child came to the fore in her work. In this ambitious sheet, the suggestion of the woman as a secular "modern Madonna" is explicit. Cassatt, however, seemed equally interested in creating a childhood genre scene and exploring textures, patterns, and still-life details. The delicate handling of the medium reflects her susceptibility to French Rococo pastels, such as those by Maurice Quentin de La Tour, drawings that are notable for their precision, clarity, and light painterly touch.
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