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

Mary Cassatt (American, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1844–1926 Le Mesnil-Théribus, Oise)
Oil on canvas
26 3/4 x 22 3/4 in. (67.9 x 57.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Bequest of Ruth Alms Barnard, 1981
Accession Number:
Not on view
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.
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