Women’s History: May 22

22 May

Happy Birthday, Mary Cassatt.  Although American, Cassatt was part of the French Impressionist movement.  She was best known for her paintings of women, specifically of mothers and daughters.  Cassatt grew up in the States, but spent much of her adult life in France, thus becoming intimately acquainted with the French Impressionists.  In fact, Cassatt became close friends with Edgar Degas, whom some credit as one of the founders of the Impressionist movement.

Cassatt came from a family of financial means and was able to travel the world with her family as a part of her early education. She was able to attend the World Fair in Paris in 1855, thus being exposed to such greats as Ingres, and Delacroix.  Her later years were almost exclusively devoted to painting and capturing the bond between mother and child.  To learn more about Cassatt and see some of her great work, click here.

Quote of the day:

I am independent! I can live alone and I love to work.–Mary Cassatt

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