Mary Cassatt as Muralist

Mary Cassatt


51Sr2H0jwvLOn the 14 of June 1926, American Impressionist expatriate Mary Cassatt died in Château de Beaufresne, near Paris, at the age of 82. Usually remembered as a painter of sentimental images of mothers and children, Cassatt is not generally considered as an artist of radical beliefs. In Eve’s Daughter/Modern Woman (University of Illinois Press, 2004), academic Sally Webster reframed Cassatt’s work through the prism of a 58 x 12 foot mural entitled Modern Woman. She created this as a result of a commission for the north tympanum over the entrance to the Gallery of Honor in the Woman’s Building at Chicago’s 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. “Cassatt was not widely known in the United States in 1892, and her decision to accept the commission was made in part to help promote her work in her home country. The challenge also intrigued her. In a letter to her friend…

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