Mary Cassatt American

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For nearly three quarters of the nineteenth century, upper- and middle-class Parisian families typically employed wet nurses to feed their infants. With the development of a science of child-rearing later in the century, it was increasingly advocated that mothers should nurse their own offspring. Here, the woman’s glazed expression conveys psychological distance from the child despite their physical connection.

Nursing, Mary Cassatt (American, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1844–1926 Le Mesnil-Théribus, Oise), Drypoint; third state of three

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