Sunday Evening Art Gallery — Mary Cassett

Recognized as one of the foremost 19th-century American painters and printmakers, Mary Cassatt (1844-1926) is known for her prolific career and Impressionist artwork.A native of Pennsylvania who lived as an expatriate in Paris beginning in 1874, Mary Cassatt started formal training as a painter in 1861.

In 1865, she took her first trip to Europe, where she would remain for the next four years, traveling and studying in Paris, Rome, and Madrid.

Edgar Degas saw Cassatt’s work at the Salon, and in 1877 he asked her to exhibit with the Impressionists.

Cassatt’s painting style and subject matter changed greatly because of her association with Impressionism. She abandoned colorful costume genre depictions in favor of scenes from contemporary life.

Throughout the latter half of the 1880s, Cassatt produced etchings and drypoints of members of her family.

Her failing eyesight prevented her from working for the last 15 years of her life, but because she had been an exceptionally prolific printmaker, she produced more than 220 prints during the course of her career.More of Mary Cassett‘s marvelous artwork can be found at

14 thoughts on “Sunday Evening Art Gallery — Mary Cassett

  1. You’re really right there. Female representation in art was so scarce; is even now. But it’s so heartening to see a woman who was recognised and respected for her work.


  2. Oh wow! These paintings are amazing! I have so many posters and prints of Impressionist paintings at home and you just introduced another artist whose work i’d love to get my hands on. Thanks Claudia! 🙂


  3. You are freaking me out! I think she was a great painter. It’s a shame her name isn’t mentioned as often as Degas or Van Gogh. She was every bit as good. Even better.

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