Mary Cassatt (American, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1844–1926 Le Mesnil-Théribus, Oise)
Oil on canvas
29 x 24 1/8 in. (73.7 x 61.3 cm)
From the Collection of James Stillman, Gift of Dr. Ernest G. Stillman, 1922
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 768
In "Portrait of a Young Girl," Cassatt posed her young model outdoors, probably at or near Château Beaufresne, the home the artist had purchased in the Oise River valley, about fifty miles northwest of Paris, in 1894. As in contemporary images of women and girls by William Merritt Chase, Frank W. Benson, and others, the girl appears immersed in nature and isolated from the outside world. The high vantage point, flattened space, and absence of a horizon, all suggesting the influence of Japanese art, are compositional devices that Cassatt also used in her color prints of the 1890s.
Signature: [at lower left]: Mary Cassatt
with Durand-Ruel Galleries, Paris, 1901–1912; James Stillman, Paris and New York, 1912–1918; his son, Dr. Ernest G. Stillman, New York, 1918–1922