Woman Bathing (La Toilette)

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

Date: 1890–91

Medium: Drypoint and aquatint, printed in color from three plates; fourth state of four (Mathews & Shapiro)

Dimensions: plate: 14 5/16 x 10 9/16 in. (36.4 x 26.8 cm)
sheet: 17 x 11 3/4in. (43.2 x 29.8cm)

Classification: Prints

Credit Line: Gift of Paul J. Sachs, 1916

Accession Number: 16.2.2


The American painter and printmaker Mary Cassatt spent her professional life in Paris, where she was a member of the Impressionist group. Woman Bathing belongs to a group of ten color prints that Cassatt showed at her first independent exhibition (at the Galerie Durand-Ruel, Paris) in 1891. The abstract, linear quality of the nude's back drew the attention of Cassatt's colleague and sometime collaborator, Edgar Degas (1834–1917), who exclaimed, "I do not admit that a woman can draw like that."