Spring: Margot Standing in a Garden (Fillette dans un jardin),

Mary Cassatt American

This is one of the many studies of young girls Cassatt painted around the turn of the century. Margot Lux, a child from the village near Cassatt’s country home, was the model, as she was for almost fifty works by the artist, including "Young Mother Sewing" (29.100.48). Both paintings typify Cassatt’s mature Impressionist style, featuring simplified compositions, a high-keyed palette, and bravura brushstrokes. That Margot is portrayed with her dress sliding off her tiny shoulder suggests that the artist captured her in a fleeting instant, perhaps during a pause in play.

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774

Public Domain

Object Details

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

Date: 1900

Culture: American

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 26 3/4 x 22 3/4 in. (67.9 x 57.8 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Bequest of Ruth Alms Barnard, 1981

Accession Number: 1982.119.2

Signature: [at lower left]: Mary Cassatt
with Durand-Ruel Galleries, Paris, ca. 1903–died 1908; with G. Kohn, Paris, ca. 1908–died 1909; Mrs. C. J. Lawrence, New York, by 1909; F. Dupre, Paris; Mr. Charles Blumenthal, Paris, until died 1977; sale, Sotheby's, New York, 19 October 1977, lot 4030B; Mrs. J. Augustus Barnard, New York, until died 1982