Mother and Child (The Oval Mirror)

Artist: Mary Cassatt (American, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1844–1926 Le Mesnil-Théribus, Oise)

Date: ca. 1899

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 32 1/8 x 25 7/8 in. (81.6 x 65.7 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: H.O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H.O. Havemeyer, 1929

Accession Number: 29.100.47


Completed at the latest in 1899, when it was bought by the Parisian dealer Durand-Ruel, this work has been called at times "The Florentine Madonna" because the pose is similar to a typical Italian Madonna and Child. The identity of the sitters is not known, although the child's name was "Jules" and he appears in other works around this same time.