Mary Cassatt (American, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1844–1926 Le Mesnil-Théribus, Oise)
Drypoint and aquatint, printed in color from three plates; fourth state of four (Mathews & Shapiro)
plate: 14 5/16 x 10 9/16 in. (36.4 x 26.8 cm)
sheet: 17 x 11 3/4in. (43.2 x 29.8cm)
Gift of Paul J. Sachs, 1916
Not on view
The American painter and printmaker Mary Cassatt spent her professional life in Paris, where she was a member of the Impressionist group. Woman Bathing belongs to a group of ten color prints that Cassatt showed at her first independent exhibition (at the Galerie Durand-Ruel, Paris) in 1891. The abstract, linear quality of the nude's back drew the attention of Cassatt's colleague and sometime collaborator, Edgar Degas (1834–1917), who exclaimed, "I do not admit that a woman can draw like that."
Signature: in graphite outside platemark at lower right: Mary Cassatt
Inscription: Edition de 25 serie Imprimée par l'artiste et M. Leroy / Mary Cassatt
Marking: at lower center of margin: Blue MC collector's stamp
Donor: Paul J. Sachs
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," April 17, 1995–August 20, 1995.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Mary Cassatt: Drawings and Prints in The Metropolitan Museum of Art," October 20, 1998–June 24, 1999.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. "Degas and the Nude," October 9, 2011–February 5, 2012.
Adelyn Dohme Breeskin Mary Cassatt. A Catalogue Raisonne of the Graphic Work. Washington, D.C., 1979, cat. no. 148 v/v, fig. no. Frontispiece, p. 64, ill.
Nancy Mowll Mathews, Barbara Stern Shapiro Mary Cassatt, the Color Prints Ex. cat. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., June 18-Aug. 27, 1989; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Sept. 9-Nov. 5, 1989 and the Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, Mass., Nov. 25, 1989-Jan. 21, 1990. New York, 1989, cat. no. 10 iv/iv, p. 134, ill.
Elliot Bostwick Davis "Mary Cassatt Color Prints." in The Magazine Antiques. vol. 154, no. 4, New York, 1998, fig. no. Plate II, p. 485, ill.
George T. M. Shackelford, Xavier Rey Degas and the Nude. Exh. cat., Museum of fine Arts, Boston, Oct. 9, 2011-Feb. 5, 2012 ; and Musée d'Orsay, Paris March 12-July 1. Boston, 2012, fig. no. 125, 115, 225, ill.