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Mary Stevenson Cassatt, American, 1844 - 1926

Made in Paris, France, Europe

c. 1879

Pastel with gold metallic paint on canvas

Sheet: 25 9/16 × 31 3/4 inches (64.9 × 80.6 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Sargent McKean, 1950

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In this pastel drawing Cassatt enlivened the broad blended passages with brilliant touches of fresh pastel and bold streaks of metallic paint, frequently using moisture to create a multilayered surface. Through the years Cassatt produced pastels on a variety of supports, including paper, paper adhered to canvas, and canvas alone. For this work she used a canvas coated with a ground embedded with pumice or coarse fibers to create a rough surface that would hold the powdery pastels more securely.