Mary Cassatt
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Mary Stevenson Cassatt (1844 - 1926)

Mary Stevenson Cassatt
Born in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United Statesmap
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Died at age 82 in Château de Beaufresne, Le Mesnil-Théribus, Oise, Picardie, Francemap
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Biography

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Mary Cassatt was an American print maker and artist, mostly known for her theme of "mother and child".[1]

Mary Stevenson Cassatt was born May 22, 1844 in Allegheny City, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Robert Simpson Cassatt and Katherine Kelso Johnston. [2] [3] Mary was a descendant of the French Hugenot Jacques Cossart, who came to New Amsterdam in 1662.

Mary wanted to become an artist at a time when art was considered a social talent for women. Her father objected to her aspirations. Despite these barriers, Mary studied painting at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1866, she moved to Paris studying privately with teachers at Ecole des Beaux-Arts, an institution that did not accept women. That year she joined Charles Chaplin's painting classes.[4]


Mary suffered from very poor health. She continued painting despite her symptoms. By 1911 she had developed diabetes, rheumatism, neuralgia, and cataracts in both eyes. In 1914, she was forced to quit painting as she was almost blind. [5]

Mary directed her creative energies towards women's suffrage. In 1915, she showed eighteen works in an exhibition based on that movement.[6]

Mary Cassatt died June 14, 1926 at Château de Beaufresne, France. She was buried Mesnil-Theribus, France. [7] She left behind a wealth of art that is displayed in museums in many states and many countries.[8]

Sources

  1. Geffroy, Gustave (1894), "Histoire de l'Impressionnisme", La Vie artistique: 268.
  2. "United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M4CJ-J8M : 24 December 2020), Mary Cassatte in household of David Malin, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States; citing family 548, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. Rubinstein, Charlotte Streifer (1982). American women artists : from early Indian times to the present. Boston, Mass. u.a.: Hall u.a. ISBN 0816185352 page number needed
  4. Biography of Mary Cassatt
  5. Wikipedia:Mary Cassatt
  6. The Feminist Heart of the Art of Mary Cassatt Paintings
  7. Find A Grave: Memorial #8090
  8. Guide to Mary Cassatt Art in Museums

See also:

  • "United States Passport Applications, 1795-1925," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QKNT-VXRB : 16 March 2018), Mary S Cassatt, 09 Jun 1851; citing Passport Application, , source certificate #, Passport Applications, 1795-1905., 37, NARA microfilm publications M1490 and M1372 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • "United States Passport Applications, 1795-1925," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QGKV-ZPX7 : 16 March 2018), Mary Stevenson Cassatt, 1865; citing Passport Application, United States, source certificate #, Passport Applications, 10/31/1795 - 12/31/1905., 134, NARA microfilm publications M1490 and M1372 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • "United States Passport Applications, 1795-1925," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVJP-SMWH : 16 March 2018), Mary Stevenson Cassatt, 1917; citing Passport Application, France, source certificate #46231, Passport Applications, January 2, 1906 - March 31, 1925, Roll 346, NARA microfilm publications M1490 and M1372 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Mary Cassatt and Maternity, Smithsonian National Postal Museum. Stamps issued in her honor for 1966, 1988, and 2003.





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posted by Abby (Brown) Glann
The most lasting legacy of Mary, outside her tender depictions of women and children, were the many paintings she purchased from destitute Impressionists in Europe that ended up in American galleries and museums.
posted by Darlene (Scott) Kerr
Impresionists. Jone Johnson Lewis, 2007. Web. 30 Oct. 2009. [1].
posted by alena kandarova
About. Jone Johnson Lewis, 2009. Web. 30 Oct. 2009. [1].
posted by alena kandarova
Mary cassatt. 2002. Web. 30 Oct. 2009.

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posted by alena kandarova

Rejected matches › Mary Eliza Cassidy (1845-)