Ten Good Points about Mary Cassatt

Ten Good Points about Mary Cassatt
Isabel del Rio
Mary Cassatt in Spain

Mary Cassatt in Spain

-She was a cosmopolitan person (born in America, she spent great part of her life in France) and traveled for many different countries, painting and learning.


-Her father was a stockbroker and her mother came from a banking family. They objected Mary became an artist, but she was and independent woman and decided to live of her work.


-Impatient with the slow instruction and the attitude of the male students and teachers, she decided to study the old masters on her own.


-In Paris, in the Salon, criticized the conventional taste of public.


-In Spain (Madrid and Sevilla) was able to capture the strong light while in France painted with smooth colors.


Mary Cassatt changing style

Mary Cassatt changing style

-She is a master painting the intimacy of a mother with its child.


-She joined the Impressionist group but at the end of her life was able to change the style, with large stains and personal perspectives.


-Diagnosed with diabetes, rheumatism and cataracts in 1911, she did not stop painting.


-In 1915, almost blind, she showed eighteen works in an exhibition supporting the women’s suffrage.


-Only Egypt knocked her (for a while):  Ancient Egipt Art ‘is surely the greatest Art the past has left us … how are my feeble hands to ever paint the effect on me.’


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Isabel del Rio

Managing Editor at Yareah® Magazine. Author of ‘Ariza’ (2008) and ‘The Girls of Oil’ (2010)

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