Portrait of Mary Cassatt (American, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1844–1926 Le Mesnil-Théribus, Oise) and her sister, Lydia
Soft-ground etching, drypoint, aquatint, and etching
Plate: 10 9/16 x 9 1/8 in. (26.8 x 23.2 cm)
Sheet: 17 x 12 in. (43.2 x 30.5 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1919
Not on view
Among the most technically complex of Degas' prints, this view of Mary Cassatt and her sister in the galleries of the Musée du Louvre was intended, like Pissarro's Wooded Landscape at L'Hermitage, Pontoise (21.46.1), to appear in the first issue of the prospective journal Le Jour et la Nuit, on which the two artists collaborated with Cassatt and Félix Bracquemond. The group was intent on achieving new tonal effects in their prints by innovatively working up the surfaces of etching plates, perhaps spurred by achievements in Impressionist paintings or by advances in photography.
Mary Cassatt au Louvre, Musée des Antiques
Marking: Edgar Degas (Lugt 657)
Edgar Degas (French, Paris 1834–1917 Paris); Degas Atelier Sale, Galerie Manzi, Joyant & Cie., Paris, November 22–23, 1918 lot 53(?); Knoedler and Co.; Vendor: Knoedler and Co. (New York)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Private Collection of Edgar Degas, MMA," October 1, 1997–January 11, 1998.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," January 3, 2011–April 4, 2011.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity," February 26, 2013–May 27, 2013.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Power of Prints: The Legacy of William M. Ivins and A. Hyatt Mayor," January 26, 2016–May 22, 2016.
Reed and Shapiro 51.iii/ix
Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity. Exh. cat., Musée d'Orsay, Paris, September 25, 2012-January 20, 2013, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, February 26-May 27, 2013, Art Institute of Chicago, June 26-September 22, 2013. Gloria Groom, New Haven, CT, 2012, p. 293, ill. (New York only).