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Title: Mary Cassatt


1
Mary Cassatt
  • By Jennifer Kolenda

2
Biography
  • Born May 22, 1844 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Daughter of wealthy investment banker
  • 5th child in the family

3
Biography Continued
  • At school she prepared for a life as a wife and
    mother.
  • Parents wanted to broaden their childrens
    education
  • 1851 family moved to Europe for 5 years

4
Why an artist?
  • Mary was impressed by all the art she had seen in
    Europe

5
Schooling
  • At age 16 attended Pennsylvania Academy of Fine
    Arts
  • Moved to Paris to study the works of Great
    Masters at the Louvre

6
First Big Break
  • 1868 one of her portraits was accepted to Salon
  • Two years later another portrait was submitted

7
Obstacles along the way
  • Franco-Prussian war 1870
  • Lack of supplies
  • No one to model
  • Father refused to fund her work as artists
  • Fire in Chicago

8
Returning to Europe
  • The archbishop of Pittsburgh hired her to paint
    copies of two works by Corregio.
  • The money earned from this job enabled her to
    resume her life in Europe
  • She settled in Paris, France

9
Inspirations
  • Edgar Degas- French Impressionist painter

10
Impressionism
  • 19th century movement
  • Captured modern life
  • Use of solid colors
  • Does not focus on creating illusion of space
    rather stresses pattern of the print
  • Cassatt only American artist to exhibit with
    Frech Impressionist

11
Girl Power
  • Cassatt became famous for her charming portraits
    primarily of women in domestic surroundings
  • Almost one-third of her work was of mothers with
    their children
  • Today,Cassatt is consider 1st great Women
    American Artist

12
Lydia Crocheting in the Garden at Marly
13
The Letter
14
Children on the Beach
15
Summertime
  • Oil on canvas

16
Cassatts Style Change
  • After last exhibit with impressionist in 1866 she
    no longer identified with any particular movement
  • Woman Bathing


17
The Bitter End
  • A trip to Egypt with her brother she lost her
    confidence in her work and abilities of her own
    work
  • Illness from trip lead to her brothers death
  • These two events left Cassatt unable to paint for
    two years
  • Shortly after diabetes forced her to give up her
    work entirely
  • Last 11 years of her life she was blind and
    bitterly unhappy
  • Died June 14, 1926

18
Quiz Time
  • Q.Where was Cassatt born?
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Q.Who did she look up too?
  • A.Edgar Degas
  • Q.Name one of her paintings.
  • A.the letter, children on the beach, summertime,
    woman bathing.
  • Q.Why was Cassatt bitter at the end of her life?
  • A. she went blind and could not paint any longer
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