Mary Cassatt (American, 1844–1926)
Pastel on wove paper, mounted on cardboard
25 1/2 x 31 1/2 in. (64.8 x 80 cm)
From the Collection of James Stillman, Gift of Dr. Ernest G. Stillman, 1922 (22.16.23)
Cassatt applied pastel in thick strokes and blended it into a very fine texture and sometimes into the paper itself, as did Edgar Degas. Her repetition of a particular subjectwomen with childrenalso may have been inspired by Degas, who reiterated themes, such as ballerinas and bathing women, in accordance with his credo: "It is essential to do the same subject over again, ten times, a hundred times. Nothing in art must seem to be chance, but even movement." Cassatt used this pastel as the basis for the last of her major prints, Picking Daisies in a Field (ca. 189697), which remained unfinished.