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  • Portrait of the Artist, 1878
    Mary Cassatt (American, 1844–1926)
    Gouache on wove paper laid down to buff–colored wood–pulp paper; 23 5/8 x 16 13/16 in. (60.1 x 41.2 cm)
    Bequest of Edith H. Proskauer, 1975 (1975.319.1)

    Cassatt painted this self-portrait, one of only two known, a year after Edgar Degas invited her to exhibit with the Impressionists. His influence is reflected in the unusual sage-green background, the attention to contrasting complementary colors, and the figure's daring asymmetrical pose and indifference to the viewer. Louisine Elder (later Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer), a young American Cassatt met in Paris in 1874, acquired this self-portrait from the artist by 1879 and lent it to the thirteenth annual exhibition of the American Watercolor Society in New York in February 1880.

    This work of art also appears on Connections: Artists by Themselves , Introspection

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  • Portrait of the Artist, 1878
    Mary Cassatt (American, 1844–1926)
    Gouache on wove paper laid down to buff-colored wood-pulp paper; 23 5/8 x 16 13/16 in. (60.1 x 41.2 cm)
    Bequest of Edith H. Proskauer, 1975 (1975.319.1)

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