Maternal Caress

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

Date: 1890–91

Medium: Drypoint, aquatint and softground etching, printed in color from three plates; sixth state of six (Mathews & Shapiro)

Dimensions: plate: 14 3/8 x 10 9/16 in. (36.5 x 26.8 cm)
sheet: 17 1/4 x 11 15/16 in. (43.8 x 30.3 cm)

Classification: Prints

Credit Line: Gift of Paul J. Sachs, 1916

Accession Number: 16.2.5


In her clear-headed treatment of mothers and infants, Cassatt was, for her time, entirely alone. "The bunch of English and French daubers have put them in such stupid and pretentious poses!" complained the critic J.-K. Huysmans, contrasting them with Cassatt's "irreproachable pearls of Oriental sweetness."