Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
The LetterMade in France, Europe
Mary Stevenson Cassatt, American, 1844 - 1926
Color drypoint and aquatint
Currently not on view
1963-181-122The Louis E. Stern Collection, 1963
LabelThe suite of ten color prints that Cassatt created between 1890 and 1891 has been hailed as the artist's finest work in any medium. For these prints Cassatt adapted certain novel elements of style from Japanese color woodcuts, such as skewed perspectives, firm outlines, and decorative patterns. Even the demure gesture seen here—that of an envelope brought to the lips to be sealed—derives from Japanese prints that show a geisha biting a handkerchief flirtatiously.