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Maternal Caress

Artist:
Mary Cassatt (American, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1844–1926 Le Mesnil-Théribus, Oise)
Date:
1890–91
Medium:
Drypoint, aquatint and softground etching, printed in color from three plates; sixth state of six (Mathews & Shapiro)
Dimensions:
plate: 14 3/8 x 10 9/16 in. (36.5 x 26.8 cm) sheet: 17 1/4 x 11 15/16 in. (43.8 x 30.3 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Gift of Paul J. Sachs, 1916
Accession Number:
16.2.5
Not on view
In her clear-headed treatment of mothers and infants, Cassatt was, for her time, entirely alone. "The bunch of English and French daubers have put them in such stupid and pretentious poses!" complained the critic J.-K. Huysmans, contrasting them with Cassatt's "irreproachable pearls of Oriental sweetness."
Donor: Paul J. Sachs
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Private Collection of Edgar Degas, MMA," October 1, 1997–January 11, 1998.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Mary Cassatt: Drawings and Prints in The Metropolitan Museum of Art," October 20, 1998–June 24, 1999.

Breeskin 150 iii/iii; Mathews & Shapiro 12-vi/vi; D-R.39
Adelyn Dohme Breeskin Mary Cassatt. A Catalogue Raisonne of the Graphic Work. Washington, D.C., 1979, cat. no. 150 iii/iii.

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. 6 iv/vi.

Ann Dumas, Colta Ives, Susan Alyson Stein, Gary Tinterow The Private Collection of Edgar Degas. Ex. cat. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1997, fig. no. 78, p. 63, ill.



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