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Mary Cassatt


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Title: Mary Cassatt

Mary Cassatt
  • Developed in France in the 1870s. Focuss on the
    impressions made using unmixed primary colors and
    small strokes to show actual reflected light.

Born 1844 in Allegheny City, Pittsburgh, but
raised in Philadelphia. Her Parents traveled a
lot, as it was their way of learning. Mary had
visited most of Europe around the age of 10.
  • Mary had a sister, brother, and of course a
    mother and father. Her sister died in 1882 after
    they had moved to Paris. Mary was 38.
  • Marys mother also fell ill, so Mary stopped
    painting to help her mother and sisterher mother
    regained health and Mary continued painting.

More Facts
Mary Cassatt was an Impressionist Painter and
  • Marys Parents didnt want Mary to be an
    artist, but she did it anyway. At the
    Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Mary
    Started studying painting for four years.

Mary Cassatt was best known for her paintings of
mothers and children.
  • Mary got annoyed of her instructors, male
    students, and slow courses that she wanted to
    study the Old Masters, so in 1866 she moved to
    Paris and did so.

Marys first painting was excepted by the Jury
into the Paris Salon in 1872.
Critics of the Salon said her colors were too
bright and her portrait was too precise.
Later on Marys style changed. She started
painting more simpler paintings of mothers and
children. She didnt identify herself with an art
movement anymore and left impressionism.
  • Edgar Degas was a pastel painter. She Liked his
    artwork and said it Changed my life. They met
    and he invited her to a impressionist art
    exhibit. They became friends.
  • Marys art hung in the art exhibit.

  • Mary visited Egypt and was intrigued by the
    ancient art, but when her brother died she
    stopped painting until 1912.
  • The time period she stopped painting was less
    than two years.

Mary was diagnosed with multiple problems such as
diabetes and cataracts.
These Problems didnt stop her, but in 1914 she
was near blind. This is when she stopped painting.
Mary helped in womens suffrage by putting her
art in a exhibition to support the movement. She
also painted Modern Woman on the side of Women's
Building of the Chicago exposition.
  • World War 1 had impacted Mary Deeply

Mary Cassatts Art
Lady at the Tea Table1883Oil on canvas73.4 x
61 cmMetropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Young Women Picking Fruit1891/92Oil on
canvas132 x 91.5 cmCarnegie Museum of Art,
Modern Woman was painted on the wall of the
Women's Building of the Chicago exposition. This
painting was of Marys Mother. Unfortunately it
was destroyed. (Picture Not Found)
The Rest of the World
Civil War
Roaring 20s
Womans Suffrage
World War 1
Most of her Painting Career was in Paris.
Been around Europe
Born in USA
Never Married
Painted Mothers and Children
Used Pastels and Paint
Both Siblings dead before her
Helped in Woman's Suffrage
1. What was Mary Cassatts parents way of
2. Which of her Siblings died first? Her Brother
or Sister?
3. What was Mary Cassatt best known for?
4. How Many Years did Mary study for at the
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts?
5. What flaws did her artwork hold when she
entered it in the Salon?
6. What did Mary say when she saw Edgar's artwork?
7. Where did Mary visit around the time her
brother died?
8. What building did Mary paint Modern Woman on?
9. What do Impressionists use small strokes for?
10. What did World War 1 do to Mary?
1. Travel
5. Bright Colors and Precision
4. Four
3. Paintings of Mothers and Children
9. Show Actual Reflected Light
8. Women's Building of the Chicago exposition
6. (It) Changed My Life
7. Egypt
2. Sister
10. Impact Her Life